Amulet of Pataikos
Napatan Period, reign of Kashta to Taharqa
Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Meroe (Beg. W), Tomb 493, debris
Height: 1.5 cm (9/16 in.) -
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This hollow gold 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. There is a suspension ring on the back.
From Meroe (Beg. W), tomb 493. 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.
Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition