Amulet of Pataikos

Nubian
Napatan Period, reign of Kashta to Tanwetamani
750–653 B.C.


Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Meroe (Beg. W), Tomb 809

Dimensions

Height: 3.2 cm (1 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

23.776

Medium or Technique

Glass

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Amulets

This amulet of the god Pataikos is made of blue glass meant to imitate lapis. 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 809. 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