Head of Harpokrates - found 1963 at Ras-el-Tin Necropolis, Alexandria
Head of Harpokrates figurine
2nd century B.C. - 3rd century A.D.
Ptolemaic till Roman Egypt
Harpokrates is shown en face, head slightly inclined to the right. Short, thick curls, originally probably wearing the double crown (broken in antiquity). The index finger of the right hand is drawn to the mouth.
Height 55 mm, width 50 mm.
Fragment of a larger figurine. Head itself in a very good condition with nice details. With printed note from Mr. Charlier "Kopf der Göttin Beset mit herausgestreckter Zunge Ton 2. - 3. JH n. Chr. Fundort: Nekropole vom Ras el-Tin, 1963" = head of goddess Beset sticking out tongue, clay, 2nd - 3rd century AD. Found at Ras-el-Tin necropolis, 1963.
Compare F. Dumand, Musée du Louvre. Catalogue des terres cuites gréco-romaines d'Egypte (Paris 1990) Nr. 136; 151; 169; 172
Acquired 2020 from the German private collection Stollenwerk. Inherited from German private collection Hildegard and Erich Charlier in 2019. Acquired between 1950 and 1980 at the European art market or from a private collection. Reported to have been found in at Ras-el-Tin necropolis (Alexandria) in 1963.
Mr. Erich Charlier (1923-2015), who had studied archaeology, was a passionate collector. Although he never travelled to Egypt himself, he felt deeply connected with ancient history and acquired a small collection of ancient antiquities. He also thoroughly documented all preserved information for each piece of his collection.
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