Amulet of Pataikos

Egyptian
Roman Imperial Period
30 B.C.–A.D 364


Findspot: Egypt, Giza

Dimensions

Height: 1.6 cm (5/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.806

Medium or Technique

Faience

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Amulets

Pataikos was a popular protective deity, amulets of whom were believed to ward off threats to the wearer. He is usually depicted as a nude dwarf with a bald head, often wielding a pair of knives. Animals often appear with him, including a scarab on his head, crocodiles being trampled under his feet, falcons on his shoulders and snakes in his hands.

Provenance

From Giza, Menkaura Pyramid Temple, communal burial in room J1 (= pillared hall 27), associated with mummy 47. 1907: excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Egypt.

(Accession date: March 2, 1911)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition