Description Pendants with representations of deities made of silver were precious in ancient Egypt. They had an amuletic function and were used by the elite. This pendant represents Harpokrates (Horus the Child) in a seated posture. The image follows the iconographical standard for this god- with the nude body, a uraeus (cobra serpent) on the forehead, a juvenile sidelock, and a collar around his neck. His feet rest on a rectangular base. Harpokrates was a very popular deity, especially in the first millennium BC, together with his powerful mother Isis.
|5/05/1977||Examination||examined for condition|
- Jewelry - Ancient to Modern. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1979-1980.
- Daily Magic in Ancient Egypt. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2006-2007.
- Egypt’s Mysterious Book of the Faiyum. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2013-2014.
- Die Entstehung der Welt. Ägyptens letzter Schöpfungsmythos (The Origin of the World. Egypt’s Last Creation Myth). Roemer- und Pelizaeus- Museum, Hildesheim; Kunsthalle Leoben, Leoben. 2014-2015.
Provenance Abemayor, Cairo [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1928, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1928
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