Harpokrates

Statue of Harpokrates, Horus the Child, wearing the “Pschent Crown”, the Double Crown of Upper and Lower Egypt; from the Ambelokipoi Hoard, late I BC/early I CE; National Archaeological Museum, Athens
Harpokrates, Horus the Child;  from the Sanctuary of Isis at Philae

Harpokrates (Horus the Child) enthroned, wearing the Double Crown and holding the Uas-scepter of Power and Dominion and the Ankh (the symbol of Life);
detail from the enclosure wall of the Temple of Arensnuphis (Jrj-ḥms-nfr) at Philae

bronze statuette of Harpokrates wearing the Hemhemet Crown (the “Roaring One”, the Triple Atef); 664–30 bc, now in the Metropolitan Museum…

plaque with relief of Harpokrates, “Horus the Child”, dated to the Ptolemaic Period, 400/30 bc; now in the Metropolitan Museum

Seated Harpokrates, Horus the Child, with the Crown of Amon, named as: “Harpokrates the Great, the Eldest, the first of Amon”; dated to the Late Period–Ptolemaic Period, 664–30 bc, from Medium Egypt, now in the Metropolitan Museum..

sardonyx cameo representing Aléxandros Helios, son of the Queen Kleopatra VII and of Marcus Antonius, as Harpokrates (Horus the Divine Child); I century bc, now in the State Hermitage Museum

 

Horus Seated on a Lotus, plaque in ivory, from Northern Mesopotamia, excavated at Nimrud, Neo-Assyrian period, Phoenician style, VIII century BC, Metropolitan Museum of Art

 

bronze statue of Harpokrates, “Horus the Child” holding the club of Herakles;
dated to the I century CE, now in the Metropolitan Museum

 

statuettes of Harpokrates (Horus the Child),
now in the Archaeological Civic Museum of Bologna

statuette of Harpokrates holding a jar,
dated to the roman period, now in the Louvre Museum…

terracotta statuette of Harpokrates holding a club;
Horus the Child is represented holding His forefinger to His mouth, and wearing the customary sidelock. He is adorned with headband and a stippled floral wreath tied with a ribbon and surmounted by two large lotus buds; ca. I century bc
statue of Harpokrates (Horus the Child), from the Villa at Tivoli of the Emperor Adrianos, 117-138 CE; Musei Capitolini, Roma

painting from the Temple of Isis at Pompei: in the background a Temple sourrounded by a colonnade; before the Temple there is a statue of the God Harpokrates (Horus the Child) holding a cornucopia, with a lotus blossom resting on His forehead; before the statue of the Divine Child stands a Priest in a long white robe with a candlestick in each hand.

pendant of Eros-Harpokrates wearing a long garment and animal-skin cloak, a quiver between the wings, a twisted gold wire suspension loop behind, and the crown of Upper and Lower Egypt above His head. The God bears a cornucopia in His left arm; a serpent is twined around a cylindrical support at His left, touching the base of the cornucopia. The Horus Falcon is beside Him, on the right. I century bc
statuettes of Harpokrates riding various animals;
Louvre Museum…

Terracotta statuette of Harpokrates riding a goose, II century CE
Horus the Child riding on a ram; He is naked, except for a cloak. Between the horns of the ram is represented the disk of the Sun and around its neck is a necklace with five pendants; reddish brown clay with traces of white and pink; dated to the ptolemaic period, now in the Medelhavsmuseet Museum, Stockholm
Harpokrates (Horus the Child) Victorious riding a horse; next to the horse is represented the Sacred Vergina Sun; dated to the Graeco-Roman age, now in the Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon..

 

– (at left) Harpokrates (Horus the Child) next to an altar; Musée des Beaux Arts de Lyon
– (at right) statue of Harpokrates (Horus the Child) holding in His left hand a cornucopia; dated to the Ptlemaic period, now in the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, Kopenhagen…

Sardonyx cameo of the infant Harpokrates 1st century B.C.–1st century CE

Harpokrates (Horus the Child) reclining on a barque; at His right a round shield;
I century CE; from the Erotika Collection Christian von Faber-Castell, Switzerland…

Harpokrates sitting on an Uraeus;
now in the Louvre Museum…

Harpokrates standing near an Altar, encircled by a snake; Wallpainting from Herculanum, Italy
Bracelets of the Prince Nemareth (Nimlot), son of King Sheshonq I (the founder of the XXII Dynasty), from Sais, western Nile Delta, ca. 940 BC. Harpokrates on a lotus flower and holding a sceptre; on His head is a Moon disc, and He is flanked by two uraei with Sun orbs. The inner faces are incised with the name of their owner

bronze sculpture of Harpokrates enthroned and surrounded by an entourage of Deities, Lions, and Uraei; in front, at left, the God Bes; 664-342 bc
Lamps with Harpokrates carrying a cornucopia (at left), and Athena-Neith (at right)
Cippus of Horus (“Metternich Stela”), reign of King Nectanebo II, 360–343 BC, from Alexandria

Cippus of Horus: Horus the Child standing on two crocodiles and subduing the dangerous animals associated with Seth. On the left, a papyrus flower and a sacred falcon, and on the right a lotus flower; at the top is represented the head of Bes;
332–280 bc, now in the Metropolitan Museum…

Cippus of Horus;
now in the Mariemont Museum, Belgium
Cippus of Horus; at the top is represented the head of Bes flanked by the Two Eyes. Now in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston…

Cippus of Horus: Horus the Child standing on six crocodiles (below them is represented also a huge snake) and subduing the dangerous animals associated with Seth; at the top there is the head of Bes.
From the Borgia Collection, now in the Archaeological Museum of Naples

 

Cippus of Horus: Harpokrates (Horus the Child) standing on two crocodiles and subduing the dangerous wild animals associated with Seth. At the top is represented the head of Bes.
305–30 BCE,; now in the Museum of Fine Arts of Boston…

 

anhydrite cippus of Horus: Horus the Child standing on two crocodiles and subduing the dangerous wild animals associated with Seth; at left, a sacred falcon standing on a papyrus flower; at right, a lotus flower.
At the top is represented the head of Bes flanked by Nefertum, Sekhmet, and Ptah (at left), and by Khonsu, Mut, and Amon (at right); above it, the Winged Solar Orb (representing Horus of Behdet) with the Two Uraei.
664–30 BCE; now in the Metropolitan Museum…

 

-HARPOKRATES AND OTHER DEITIES:

scene from the “House of Birth” of the Temple of Hathor at Iunet:
Bes (at right) and the Goddess Reret (at left) making adorations to Harpokrates (wearing the Double Crown and holding the Flail and the Heqa-scepter in His right hand) seated upon a grand Lotus flower; the Goddess Reret (a form of Isis connected to the Draco constellation) holds a fan, and next to Her is represented the Tyet, the “knot of Isis”.
From Lepsius, “Denkmäler aus Ägypten und Äthiopien”, IV-85
the King offering the Two Crowns (the Red Crown and the White Crown) to Harpokrates; Harpokrates is represented enthroned, and carried by a Lion; at left Isis enthroned, holding a Lotus-scepter in Her left hand and blessing Harpokrates and the King; from the “House of Birth” of the Sanctuary of Isis at Philae  (from “I monumenti dell’Egitto e della Nubia disegnati dalla spedizione scientifico-letteraria toscana in Egitto”, Ippolito Rosellini)
scene from the Temple of Osiris and Opet in the highly sacred Precinct of Amon-Ra at Uaset, Diospolis Megale-Thebes: -Osiris “Onnophris King and Father of the Gods” (wearing the Atef Crown and holding the Uas-scepter of Power and Dominion) giving the Ankh (the symbol of Life) to Horus (“Horus son of Isis and Osiris”); Horus is represented wearing the Double Crown, holding in His right the Nekhaka-Flail and the Heqa-scepter, and standing on the Sema-Tawy (lotus and papyrus entwined, the Union of the Two Lands, Upper and Lower Egypt); -at left (behind Horus) are represented Amaunet (the female counterpart of Amon) wearing the Deshret (the Red Crown) and blessing Horus; behind Her is represented the King (not visible in the photo) offering Strength (the Uas-scepter), Stability (the Djed-pillar), and Life (the Ankh) to the Gods; -behind Osiris (at right) are represented Isis and Nephthys, both holding the Papyrus-scepter in the right and the Ankh in the left

Isis enthroned and Horus the Child (wearing the Double Crown);
detail from the Temple of Thoth at Pselkis (Pr-Slkt/Pr-Slq), Lower Kush/Nubia

the King (wearing the Triple-Atef Crown) making offerings to Horus the Child (wearing the Double Crown); behind Horus is represented the Goddess Nekhbet, and behind the King there is the Goddess Nephthys.
Scene from the Temple of Thoth at Pselkis (Pr-Slkt/Pr-Slq), Lower Kush/Nubia.

the King (wearing the Red Crown) offering lotus flowers to Isis and Harpokrates (Ḥrp3ẖrd, Horus the Child);
scene from the West Wall of the Inner Sanctuary of the Temple of Mandulis (Mrwl) at Talmis (ca. 50km south of Aswan, now called “Kalabsa”), Lower Kush/Nubia
Horus offering a statuette of Maat to Harpokrates (Horus the Child) and Mandulis;
scene from the facade (south) of the Outer Vestibule of the Temple of Mandulis (Mrwl) at Talmis (ca. 50km south of Aswan, now called “Kalabsa”), Lower Kush/Nubia.
scene from the Astronomical Ceiling of the Hypostyle Hall of the Temple of Hathor at Iunet: (from left to right) Horus Unty, “Horus Triumphant”, represented in His form/manifestation of Child, with the traditional sidelock of youth, holding the Ankh (the symbol of Life) in His right and the Uas-scepter of Power and Dominion in His left; the Great God Osiris Onnophris enthroned standing in His boat, wearing the Atef Crown, and holding the Ankh in His right and the Uas-scepter of Power and Dominion in His left; Thoth standing on a boat and making adorations to the Crescent Moon supporting the Full Moon disk decorated with the Udjat Eye (the Eye of Horus, the symbol of the Moon, here represented as a right eye, and hence assimilated to the Eye of Ra)

detail of the second scene of the eastern tower of the First Pylon of the Temple of Isis at Philae: King Ptolemy XII (wearing the Hedjet, the “White Crown”) burning incense before Isis and Harpokrates (Horus the Child); Isis is represented enthroned, holding the Papyrus-scepter in the left and the Ankh in the right. Harpokrates is represented enthroned, wearing the Sekhemty (the “Double Crown”), holding the Uas-scepter of Power and Dominion in the left and the Ankh (the symbol of Life) in the right.

the King, Ptolemy XII Neos Dionysos, making adorations to Isis and Harpokrates,
scene from the First Pylon of the Temple of Isis at Philae, west face of the western tower, lower register

 

oil lamp whit Isis flanked by Harpokrates (“Horus the Child”, to the left) and Anubis (to the right),
II century CE; now in a private collection…
 

 

triad of Isis, Osiris, and Harpokrates (Horus the Child)
664–30 bc; now in the Metropolitan Museum…

 

amulet of Harpokrates (Horus the Child) flanked by Isis (at right) and Nephthys (at left);
now in the Antonio Museum of Art, Texas…

 

Marble relief, last quarter of the II century CE:  Isis (on the left, holding a sistrum), Sarapis (wearing a modius), the young Harpokrates (holding a cornucopia) and Dionysos (holding the thyrsus)

earthenware turquoise-blue glaze statuette of Harpokrates, Horus the Child, riding on a donkey:  the donkey is a form/manifestation of Seth, hence this is a representation of the complete dominion of Horus over Seth and of the Eternal Victory of the son of Isis. XIX-XXII Dynasty, Private Collection, France…

 

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