Amulet of Pataikos

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


Findspot: Egypt, Giza

Dimensions

Height: 1.7 cm (11/16 in.)

Accession Number

27.1099

Medium or Technique

Faience

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Amulets

This double-sided amulet of blue glazed faience 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.

Provenance

From Giza, street G 7500. 1925: 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.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition