Amulet of Pataikos

Nubian
Napatan Period, reign of Piankhy (Piye)
743–712 B.C.


Findspot: Nubia(Sudan), El-Kurru, Ku 53

Dimensions

Height: 7.2 cm (2 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

24.686

Medium or Technique

Faience

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Amulets

This amulet is of a blue glazed faience standing figure with a knife in each hand. There is a scarab on the head, representing Pataikos, and cynocephalus crowned with disc on each shoulder.
There is also a sitting cat beside each leg. The arm and cynocephalus on the right side are missing. In reverse shows the cynocephalus sitting on “nub” sign, crowned horns and disc. It is housed with 24.685.

Provenance

From el-Kurru, Ku. 53 (tomb of Queen Tabiry). 1919: 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, 1924)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition