Amulet of Pataikos

Nubian
Napatan Period, reign of Shebitka–Tanwetamani
698–653 B.C.


Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Meroe (Beg. W), Tomb 678

Dimensions

Height: 2.0 cm (13/16 in.) -

Accession Number

23.802

Medium or Technique

Faience

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Amulets

This faience amulet depicts the god Pataikos. 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 678. 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