Statue of Harpocrates

Harpocrates was adapted by the Greeks from the Egyptian child god Horus, who represented the newborn sun, rising each day at dawn. Harpocrates meaning “Horus the Child”, was the god of silence, secrets and confidentiality in the Hellenistic religion developed in Ptolemaic Alexandria.

Statue of Harpocrates
Statue of Harpocrates. Photo: M. Mounir

From Sidi Bishr, Alexandria. Graeco-Roman, Roman Period, 2nd century AD. Now in the Bibliotheca Alexandrina Antiquities Museum, Alexandria.