EGYPTIAN LIMESTONE HEAD OF HERPOKRATES, CIRCA 1100 B.C.

$2,600.00

Culture: Egyptian
Date: Circa 1100 B.C. (18th Dynasty)
Medium: Limestone
Condition: Intact, some deposits, offered with custom base display stand.
Provenance: Ex- C. Martin collection, Florida, U.S.A.; Bonham’s London, early 1990s.
Dimensions: H. 3 in. (7.6 cm.)
Ref No. EG1134

Description

Harpokrates or Horus the Child, was portrayed as a small boy with a finger held to his lips, an Egyptian gesture symbolizing childhood. The Greeks mis-interpreted this gesture as silence, and they called Harpocrates the god of silence.
To the ancient Egyptians, Horus represented the newborn sun rising at dawn each day. The full-grown Horus was considered the victorious god of the sun who overcomes darkness each day.