Archaeologists have found a unique figurine in Kerch god of silence

Archaeologists have found in Kerch a unique figurine of the god of silenceA photo from open sources

In the southern part of the Crimean city of Kerch, where in antiquity in Tavria was the ancient city of Tiritaka of the Bosporan kingdom, archaeologists discovered a unique bone figurine that the ancient Greeks (as then among the ancient Romans) symbolized Harpocrates – God silence, which was usually depicted as a crowned boy with a finger at the mouth. Hence, by the way, and our modern gesture in the form the application of the index finger to the lips is a sign of silence.

The bone item dates from the first century BC, it is made from the bones of some animal (scientists have not yet determined this), and quite skillfully as it depicts a circular composition with multi-figured relief. Harpocrates himself is depicted on the figurine as a naked boy with a cornucopia, next to him are two satyrs and a goose. All this was preserved so well that the researchers were literally amazed at this amazing find of antiquity.

A photo from open sources

Note that excavations of cities (today – hillforts) once the powerful Bosporus kingdom of the Crimean peninsula archaeologists of the same name expedition of the Center for Antiquities Research Fund “Demeter”. They, incidentally, on the Kerch Peninsula dug in lately there are a lot of other valuable exhibits, however, in mostly they are of interest not to the general public, but only for historians and other narrow circle of scientists, nevertheless all this allows you to generally uncover the secrets of the ancient world, among which we certainly have, about which we don’t even guess …

By the way, how many of us know that a finger’s gesture in lips as a sign of silence comes from the ancient Greek god Harpocrates, and he himself has origins in ancient Egypt, where he was considered the embodiment God Horus, only at a young age? ..


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