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Harpocrates

(härpŏk`rətēz), the Greek name for the Egyptian sky god HorusHorus
, in Egyptian religion, sky god, god of light and goodness. One of the most important of the Egyptian deities, Horus was the son of Osiris and Isis. In a famous myth he avenged the murder of his father by defeating Set, the god of evil and darkness.
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. He was represented as a small boy with his finger held to his lips and came to be considered the god of silence. His cult, combined with that of Isis and Serapis, was very popular in the Roman Empire.
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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.
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 and Ptah.
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.
Harpocrates (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.
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.