Amulet of Pataikos
Third Intermediate Period, Dynasty 21 to Greco-R
Roman Imperial, 1070 B.C.–A.D. 364
Findspot: Egypt, Giza
Height: 3 cm (1 3/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
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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. 1927: 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