Harpokrates, literally meaning “Horus
is the god Horus depicted as a child,
distinguished from the various other
this popular god. Horus, son of Isis,
conceived after his father Osiris was
He would grow to avenge his father’s
as such, Horus was a symbol of victory
kingship, the deification of the earthly
In the form of Harpokrates, Horus
both the royal heir and the newborn sun.
he is depicted in his traditional form,
symbolizing his innocence, with the
of his right hand held up to his mouth.
gesture was understood to signify
much as sucking one’s thumb is still to
He wears the double crown of Lower and
Egypt adorned by a uraeus cobra,
association with the earthly pharaohs.
lock falls from the side of his crown.
the traditional coiffure for youths in
Egypt: a shaved head with a side-lock.
his left hand outwards as if to accept
that would have once been laid in front
work. Over the centuries, the bronze
acquired a patina rich in red and green
testament to the work’s age. When
this gorgeous sculpture, it is easy to
why Harpokrates became such a popular
later assimilated into the Greek and
pantheons. Could there be a more
concept than the combination of youth