Amulet of Pataikos

Nubian
Napatan Period, reign of Kashta to Taharqa
750–664 B.C.


Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Meroe (Beg. W), Tomb 493, debris

Dimensions

Height: 1.5 cm (9/16 in.) -

Accession Number

23.844

Medium or Technique

Gold

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Amulets

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.

Provenance

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.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition