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Finger ring depicting the head of Harpocrates

Finger ring depicting the head of Harpocrates

Finger ring depicting the head of Harpocrates

Gold

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

Archaeology/Classical Archaeology

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.

Exhibitions:

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