Harpocrates, son of Serapis and Isis - ROM2010_11493_14


Harpocrates, son of Serapis and Isis

Medium:Cast bronze
Geography: Egypt
Date: c. 100 AD
Period: Roman Imperial period
6 x 3.5 x 2.05 cm
Object number: 910.175.256
On view
Gallery Location:Eaton Gallery of Rome: bronze sculpture

Bronze Statuettes for Roman Household Shrines

The Roman era witnessed a great increase in the making of small-scale bronze statuettes, compared to the lesser numbers produced during the (Greek) Hellenistic period. Roman bronzes were easily transportable, widely coveted, and carried to all corners of the Empire. Therefore, determining a bronze’s place of production can be difficult today.

Statuettes in the Imperial West were used mainly as cult images in the household shrine, called a lararium. These shrines take their name from the household-specific deities, the Lares. But other deities were also featured, such as the patron of commerce, Mercury.

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