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Amulet of Pataikos

Nubian
Napatan Period, reign of Shabaka or Shebitka
712–690 B.C.


Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Meroe (Beg. W), Tomb W 486

Dimensions

Height: 1.9 cm (3/4 in.)

Accession Number

23.361

Medium or Technique

Gold

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Amulets

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.

Provenance

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)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition