عربي Français
Collection Highlights

Amulet of Harpocrates

Amulet of Harpocrates
© BA Antiquities Museum/H. Mady

Registration Number(s)
BAAM Serial Bibliotheca Alexandrina Antiquities Museum Number 0151

Inv.Inventory
 (Greco-Roman Museum) 634

where to find


showcase 4

Amulet of Harpocrates

Category:
  • Religious / Cult objects, amulets, amulets in the shape of a god / goddess, Harpocrates
  • Tomb equipment, amulets, amulets in the shape of a god / goddess, Harpocrates
Date:
Graeco-Roman Period, the second century BC      
Provenance:
Lower Egypt, Alexandria, El-Hadara, Antoniades tombs
Material(s):
Man made material, faience
Height:
5 cm
Hall:
In the Afterlife, showcase 4


Description

Amulet representing Harpocrates, wearing a side lock and standing with finger to the lips.

Harpocrates Amulets

By the Third Intermidiate Period, amulets of Harpocrates (Horus-the-Child) were common. These amulets were made from glazed compositions or bronze, and depicted Harpocrates naked with a side lock or wearing the triple Atef crown “Hemhem” or nemes head cover. Sometimes, he was portrayed with finger to the mouth. Some amulets depict him also carrying a crook.
Amulets representing Harpocrates, son of Osiris and Isis, aim to endow their wearer with the same protection of the potent spells Isis provided to her son.


The information given here is subject to modification/update as a result of ongoing research.

Bibliography
  • Andrews, Carol. Egyptian Amulets. London: British Museum, 1994.
Discover The Museum Collections