Amulet of Pataikos

Nubian
Napatan Period, reign of Shebitka or Taharqa
698–664 B.C.


Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Meroe (Beg. West), Tomb 508

Dimensions

Height: 3.2 cm (1 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

23-M-174

Medium or Technique

Faience

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Amulets

The worn 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. Here, as often, he wears a scarab on his head.

Provenance

From Meroe (Beg. W), tomb 508. 1923: excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Sudan.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition