Date Made/Found: 332-30 BC
Material and Medium: Copper alloy and wood
Dimensions: Dimensions of statuette: Height 90mm; width 32mm; depth 25mm
Dimensions with base: Height 125mm; diameter 41mm
Place Object Found:
This is an Ancient Egyptian statuette (on a modern wooden base) of Harpocrates. Harpocrates was the name given to the god Horus as a child. He is usually shown with a plait on the side of his head, which is how boys and girls often wore their hair. Young girls sometimes styled their hair in a long ponytail or pigtails.
The ancient Egyptians added more and more gods to their religion over time until they worshipped more than 2000 gods. A small number were worshipped across the whole country throughout the centuries. The most important was the sun-god Ra, or Amun-Ra. He was the king of the gods and under him were other gods including Osiris, Isis, Horus and Anubis. Some gods were only worshipped in local temples or people’s homes.
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