Amulet of Pataikos

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


Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), el-Kurru, Ku 53 (tomb of queen Tabiry)

Dimensions

Height x width x depth: 7.6 x 4 x 1.4 cm (3 x 1 9/16 x 9/16 in.)

Accession Number

24.697

Medium or Technique

Faience

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Amulets

Made of green glazed faience, this amuet represents the protective god Pataikos. The god is pictured as a winged, round-bellied, nude dwarf wearing a tall, feathered headdress adorned with ram’s horns. On the reverse is a winged, lion-headed goddess crowned with a disc and uraeus.

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