Photo © Israel Museum, Jerusalem, by Oded Löbl
Finger ring depicting the head of Harpocrates
Egypt, Ptolemaic style
240 BCE
L: 1.5; W: 1.1 cm (plaque)
The Harry Stern Collection, bequeathed by Dr. Kurt Stern, London, in memory of his parents and his brother, who perished at Sobibor
Accession number: 76.43.2364
Small statuettes, jewels, and amulets depicting the infant Harpocrates were used to ward off evil spirits. Misunderstanding this image, later Greek and Roman poets made Harpocrates the god of silence and secrecy.

Bizarre Perfection, Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 19/12/2008 - 13/06/2009, December 2008 - June 2009

Digital presentation of this object was made possible by: The Ridgefield Foundation, New York, in memory of Henry J. and Erna D. Leir