Horus the Child (Harpocrates) Figure



Copper alloy statuette of Horus the Child (also known as Harpocrates) represented as a nude boy walking and wearing a crown. His right forefinger is raised to his mouth, a child-like gesture used as a hieroglyphic determinative to write the word, Srj, ‘child’. On one side of the crown is a loop to which was attached a side-lock, another symbol denoting his youth. Both eyes are inlaid with gold. The feet rest on a rectangular pedestal inscribed in hieroglyphs petitioning Horus the Child to grant life to Djed-ankh-ptah, son of Hor. Described by Professor Percy Newberry c. 1910 as being of a “very fine technique” and dating to Saite Period.