Amulet of Pataikos

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


Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), el-Kurru, Ku 52 (Tomb of Nefrukekashta)

Dimensions

Height x width x depth: 7.9 x 4.3 x 2 cm (3 1/8 x 1 11/16 x 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

24.1799

Medium or Technique

Faience

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Amulets

Made of green glazed faience, this three-dimensional amuet represents the protective god Pataikos. The god is pictured as a round-bellied, nude dwarf with a knife in each hand and an elaborate headdress composed of a solar disk, feathers, and flanking pair of uraeii. A crowned falcon sits on each shoulder.

Provenance

From el-Kurru, Ku. 52 (tomb of Queen Nefrukekashta). 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