Amulet of Pataikos
Late Period, Dynasty 25–30
Findspot: Egypt, Giza
Height: 1.7 cm (11/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
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.
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.
Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition