Roman Gold Ring with Harpocrates

£ 2,250.00

A hollow-formed Ancient Roman gold finger ring consisting of a broad oval hoop with expanding shoulders and an inset oval banded agate flat-topped cabochon with an intaglio. UK ring size E. Weight: 5.30 g.

Date: Circa 1st-3rd Century AD
Condition: Very fine, with minor indentations over the whole.
Product Code: RES-13
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The nude figure, standing facing right with his left arm raised to head and his right arm holding a cornucopiae, represents Harpocrates. In Ancient Egyptian culture and mythology Harpocrates, also known as Harpa-Khruti (Horus the Child), was the son of the goddess Isis and her husband Osiris. The deity was often depicted as a small boy, with a finger held to the lips, a typical Egyptian gesture symbolising childhood and also the Ancient Egyptian hieroglyph for “child”. The deity was later adopted by the Greeks and the misinterpretation of the gesture of the finger to the lips led to the association of Harpocrates with silence, hence making him the god of silence, secrets and confidentiality in Ancient Greek mythology.

To discover more about jewellery in the Ancient World, please visit our relevant post: Jewellery in Antiquity.

Dimensions W 1.5 cm
Region

Southern Europe

Metal

Gold

Stone

Agate

Roman Mythology

Harpocrates

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