Amulet of Pataikos

Egyptian
Late Period–Roman Imperial Period
760 B.C.–A.D. 364


Findspot: Egypt, Giza, G 7652 A, Room VIII

Dimensions

Height: 6 cm (2 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

29.1426

Medium or Technique

Faience

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Amulets

This blue glazed 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.

Provenance

From Giza, G 7652 A, room 8. 1929: 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.

(Accession Date: April 28, 1929)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition