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Oil Lamp in the Shape of the God Harpocrates - L.0249
Origin: Geresa, Jordan
Circa: 100 AD to 300 AD
Dimensions: 8" (20.3cm) high x 1.75" (4.4cm) wide
Collection: Biblical
Style: Roman Period
Medium: Terracotta

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Harpocrates was the Hellenized form of the ancient Egyptian child god Horus, symbolic of kingly power and divine protection. This elegant lamp may have been shaped in the workshops of Alexandria and then exported to other parts of the roman empire. As the glow from the lamp warmed some ancient room, so the benevolent power of the god was thought to fall where the light did. This masterpiece is a charming token of the vanished world of antiquity. - (L.0249)

 

 

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