Amulet of Pataikos
Late Period, Dynasty 25–30
Findspot: Egypt, Giza
Height: 2.4 cm (15/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
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This pale green faience 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.
From Giza, debris N. of Pyr. I.-b. 1924: excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Egypt.
Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition