Amulet of Pataikos

Egyptian
Late Period, Dynasty 25–30
760–332 B.C.


Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Semna, Tomb S 536 B

Dimensions

Height: 3.6 cm (1 7/16 in.)

Accession Number

27.885

Medium or Technique

Faience

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Amulets

This amulet represents Pataikos, 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. The amulet is made of a green glazed faience with an inscription the on back and under the base.

Provenance

From Semna: S 536 B, [Excav. date] Mar. 9, 1924. Excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of Sudan.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition