Amulet of Pataikos
Roman Imperial Period
30 B.C.–364 A.D.
Findspot: Egypt, Giza, Menkaura Pyramid Temple, room J1
Height x width: 3 x 0.8 cm (1 3/16 x 5/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
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.
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)
Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition