Harpocrates, Amulet Pendent, c. 2nd Cent BC-3rd Cent AD
Copper alloy; 21mm/2.7gm
Con/ As cast; loop intact with dark green patina; cleaned and waxed, wearable for sure.
Seller's Note/ Harpocrates was the god of silence, secrets and confidentiality in the Hellenistic religion developed in Ptolemaic Alexandria. Harpocrates was adapted by the Greeks from the Egyptian child god Horus, who represented the newborn sun, rising each day at dawn. Harpocrates' name was a Hellenization of the Egyptian Har-pa-khered or Heru-pa-khered, meaning "Horus the Child".
As seen in our photo, Harpocrates was cast as standing, and holds one hand, possibly an index finger, to his mouth invoking silence. The dating of such amulets is difficult as the Romans adopted him into their pantheon early in the 1st Century AD.
The new god of Librarians? :-)