Amulet of Pataikos

Egyptian
Third Intermediate Period, Dynasty 21 to Greco-R
Roman Imperial, 1070 B.C.–A.D. 364


Dimensions

Height x width: 2.9 x 1.2 cm (1 1/8 x 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

12.620

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. In this example, made of dark, olive-green glazed faience, the knive are absent.

Provenance

1912: Gift of the Estate of Professor Henry Williamson Haynes, through Miss Sarah H. Blanchard.

(Accession date: July 18, 1912)

Credit Line

Gift from the Estate of Professor Henry Williamson Haynes