GR114c Terracotta head of Horus the Child (Harpocrates)
Small terracotta head. c40mm high. Hollow. The head wears a floral wreath, the double crown and sun disc. Two lotus buds are depicted each side of the disc. This is a depiction of Horus the Child (Greek Harpocrates) who is often depicted with a floral wreath, double crown and two lotus buds. The lotus buds emphasise the generative qualities of the god. Harpocrates was the personification of the young sun.
Moulded terracotta figurines such as these date to the Graeco-Roman Period from around 200 BC to AD100 and are found in temples and tombs, but also on domestic sites in Egypt. Their use is unclear though some may be votives.
Dunand, F. 1990. Catalogue des terres cuites Gréco-Romanines d’Egypte. Paris: Ministere de la culture, de la communication et des grands tarvaux. Reunion des musees nationaux.
Török, L. 1995. Hellenistic and Roman Terracottas from Egypt. Rome: L’Erma di Bretscheider.