Amulet of Pataikos

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


Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Meroe (Beg. W), Tomb 609

Dimensions

Height: 3.8 cm (1 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

23-M-35

Medium or Technique

Faience

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Amulets

This pale faience amulet depicts the god Pataikos. Pataikos was 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 and with a scarab on his head, as here.

Provenance

From Meroe (Beg. W), tomb 609. 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