Amulet of Pataikos

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


Findspot: Egypt, Giza, Menkaura Pyramid Temple, room J1

Dimensions

Height x width: 3 x 0.8 cm (1 3/16 x 5/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.1070

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. This amulet is made of faience with a light blue glaze. The surface is worn and uneven.

Provenance

From Giza, Menkaura Pyramid Temple, room J1 (pillared hall 27), between pillars 3 and 4. 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