According to Live Science magazine, which obtained the article from the scientific journal 'Studies in Ancient Art and Civilization', one side of the amulet has several images, including a bandaged mummy likely representing the Egyptian god Osiris lying on a boat, and an image of Harpocrates
, the god of silence, who is shown sitting on a stool while holding his right hand up to his lips.
Similarly, the bronze of Harpocrates
, Greek god of silence, is also the only known model of its type (Fig.
The thumb-sized piece of bronze, which was discovered after almost 2,000 years hidden in the ground, has turned out to be the earliest representation of an Egyptian deity Harpocrates
, the god of secrecy and silence.
A cachette of 600 Ptolemaic statues were also unearthed during the routine excavations, including a large collection of icons depicting Bastet, goddess of protection and motherhood, along with bronze and ceramic statues of Egyptian deities such as Harpocrates
Near the statue pit, a wooden shrine contained gilded wooden statues of Osiris and Isis and a bronze statue of Harpocrates
, standing carefully positioned at the rear of the shrine; in front, at an angle, lay another bronze figure of Harpocrates
and a small faience figure of Isis.
(that was the name of Horus as a child) will rise from the dead with the help of Ra, the great god of the Sun.
A female witness to this male lovemaking holds her finger to her lips, a gesture traditionally thought to originate with Harpocrates
, god of silence.
There were several scale weights in the form of a bust of a goddess, a beautiful sculpture of the god Harpocrates
, another of Herakles, and a mask of Silenus.
Colin Clement (Alexandria: Harpocrates
Publishing, 1997), 194.
Rondot as Harpocrates
, that is, Hr p3 hrd "Horus the Child.
The deities typically found in any collection of Egyptian antiquities are represented, such as Osiris, Isis, Harpocrates
, Amun, Neith, Ptah, and Nefertem.
23) The Harpocrates
figure may appear alone, surrounded by papyrus stalks, or facing one or two protective beings, usually winged.