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ID 147
Grid Ref TQ3280
Project type Chance
County Greater London
Site London
Site Name River Thames at London Bridge
Site Type Large town
Location Type Unknown
Context Unknown
Context Quality 1
Object Period 0
Material Silver
Import Yes
Place of manufacture ?Rome, Alexandria
Location British Museum
Ref No 1825,1112.1
M/F Male
Age Child
Form Figurine
Type Deity
Name Harpocrates
Bearded No
Standing/Seated Standing
Headgear Garland
Other Gold chain
Attributes Yes
Attribute description Wings
Clothed No
Drapery No
Condition Good
Classical 1
Quality High
Photo Yes
Illustration No
Height 70.00
Length 0.00
References Pitts 1979, no 127; Toynbee 1964, 95; Green 1976, 222, no 9, pl XXIIe; British Museum 1964, 54, no 6; Smith 1859, 73, pl XXII; Allen 1839, 32
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Description the god has assumed the guise of a chubby Graeco-Roman Cupid with wings and a heavy garland of fruit and leaves crowning his curly head. The left hand is empty, but the right hand is raised to the chin in Harpocrates' characteristic attitude of one enjoining Isia initiates not to divulge the secrets of the mysteries. A gold chain, with a gold ring attached to it, is knotted round the body; and on the shallow pedestal, on which the infant stands, a dog, a tortoise, and a bird are grouped around his feet (Toynbee).


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