Amulet of Pataikos
Napatan Period, reign of Shabaka or Shebitka
Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Meroe (Beg. W), Tomb W 486
Height: 1.9 cm (3/4 in.)
Medium or Technique
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This amulet of the god Pataikos is made of gold and has a suspension ring at the back. 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.
From Meroe (Beg. W), tomb 486. 1923: excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Sudan.
(Accession date: January 1, 1923)
Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition