Harpocrates, the Young Sun
Obv. Harpocrates seated to l. on lotus with knees drawn up; r. hand to lips, flail held over l. shoulder. Ovoid ornament on head, hair flowing down on neck and shoulders (unless this effect is due to deterioration of the material). A rare, perhaps unique, example of the type in a special technique, painting under glass. The face, hair, hands, and legs are golden yellow, the face a little lighter than the other parts, but perhaps not originally so. The flail and lotus are also yellow. The child's body is a deeper reddish gold or golden brown. The background is a purplish red, but this may be merely the result of the decay of the golden yellow color; and the deeper color of Harpocrates' body may be due to the same cause. The surface is convex; the reverse is flat and not inscribed. Upright oval, 21 Χ 17 Χ 4.
Obv. Harpocrates seated to l. with knees drawn up on stylized lotus flower with two buds. R. hand to lips, l. holds flail over shoulder. Ovoid ornament on head, star in front. A fair average specimen of a common type.
Rev. ἡ χάρισι (sic).
Undetermined grayish stone, density 2.46. Upright oval, 18 Χ 15 Χ 2.
Obv. Ouroboros enclosing Harpocrates seated to l. on lotus with two buds; knees drawn up, r. hand to lips, l. holds over shoulder an ordinary whip and also an exceptionally heavy flail or else a flywhisk. Round margin, the seven vowels followed by the name Iao.
The illustration is made from an impression, unfortunately imperfect, reversed in printing.
Unidentified brownish‑black stone. Upright oval, 29 Χ 23 Χ 5.
R. L. Whitty
Obv. Harpocrates seated to r. on lotus, knees drawn up; six rays round head, disk above. L. hand to lips, flail over r. shoulder (the stone was cut as a seal). Moon at l., star at r. above. Below, at l., head of Selene with crescent over forehead; at r., traces of a male head (Helios) damaged by the loss of a large chip from the lower right side of the stone.
Rev. Inscription in five lines: Σαλαμαξα δὸς χάριv πόρov ἐπιτυχίαv ιωη, “Salamaxa, grant favor, means, success, ioë!”
Carnelian. Upright oval, ca. 16 Χ 12. In broken gold setting.
The illustrations are from direct photographs.
Obv. Harpocrates seated to l. in papyrus boat, disk on head, flail whip over l. shoulder, r. hand to lips. Head shaven except for the long scalp lock. Above and in front of his head, an inscription which seems to be arranged in a rough spiral, αχαχρατιoθφω. R.‑hand part of the stone, almost half, broken away, broad flake lost at l. end. Above the latter fracture faint traces of letters.
Rev. θυλoυβις θυλoρβις ερκυω, in three lines.
Dark‑red stone streaked with black, probably jasper. Transverse oval, present measurements 22 Χ 20 Χ 4.
Obv. At l., Harpocrates seated to r. on lotus, flail whip over l. shoulder, r. hand to lips; facing him at r., cynocephalus with paws raised, disk over head. Star and crescent above between the two figures.
Rev. Aρoριπασι, for Aroriphrasis, magical name of Aphrodite. Round bevel, ευτυκης Aγαθoπoς (l. εὐτυχὴς Ἀγάθωπoς, “Agathopus is lucky,” or perhaps εὐτυχῇς, the late subjunctive as imperative, “Good luck, Agathopus!” See Radermacher, N. T. Gram., pp. 166 f.).