Harpokrates as one of the tutelary deities of Mendes
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EGYPT. Alexandria. Hadrian, 117-138. Drachm (Bronze, 32 mm, 22.01 g, 11 h), RY 19 = 134/5. ΑΥΤ ΚΑΙC ΤΡΑΙΑΝ ΑΔΡΙΑΝ[ΟC] CЄΒ Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust of Hadrian to right, seen from behind. Rev. L ЄΝΝЄΑΚ Δ Harpokrates of Mendes standing front, head to left, raising his right hand to his mouth and holding club surmounted by eagle in his left; to left, ram standing left, head turned back to right, wearing hemhem crown. Dattari (Savio) 1732. K&G 32.657. RPC III 6003. Rare. Light deposits, otherwise, about very fine.


From the Rhakotis Collection, formed in the 1960s and 1970s (with collector's ticket).

This interesting piece shows Harpokrates as one of the tutelary deities of Mendes, a city in the Egyptian eastern Delta. Though Harpokrates was normally considered a child of Isis and Serapis, in Mendes, he was worshipped as a son of the ram god Banebdjedet and the fish goddess Hatmehyt.
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