Ancient Terracotta of Harpocrates The Egyptian Child God - Gustave Jequier (1868-1946)
Here you find a lovely terracotta figure of the child god Harpocrates. The figure which emphasizes his genitals may have served as protection from the evil eye, perhaps specifically for children. Child is adorned with headband and a wreath tied with a ribbon and surmounted by two large lotus buds. This figure is also has his left arm around a pot, like the cornucopia a symbol of abundance. Nice white pigment still present, with slight damage to the left foot. Head re-attached as shown. Great example and quality from a well provenanced collection! Measures 6.5 inches in height. Greek-Roman Period, 332 BC to 395 AD.
For reference see: "Hellenistic and Roman Terracottas from Egypt", László Török (L'ERMA, 1995)
Provenance: Collected by Gustave Jéquier (1868-1946)
Ex. Billy Jamieson Collection, 2009 (1954-2011)
Authentication: Gayle Gibson, Royal Ontario Museum Toronto