Photo © The Israel Museum, Jerusalem
Seated Harpocrates
Fayum, Egypt
Graeco-Roman style, 1st century CE
H: 10 cm
Gift of Drs. Catherine and James H. Schwartz, New York, to American Friends of the Israel Museum
Accession number: 2006.28.44
The cult of Harpocrates was one of the popular mystery cults in Ptolemaic Egypt and Rome. Endowed with the magical powers of his mother Isis, Harpocrates personified the renewal of nature in Spring. As in ancient Egypt, he continued to be represented as a young boy with a sidelock and a finger in his mouth.

Digital presentation of this object was made possible by: The Ridgefield Foundation, New York, in memory of Henry J. and Erna D. Leir