Amulet of Pataikos

Egyptian
Late Period, Dynasty 25–30
760–332 B.C.


Findspot: Egypt, Giza, Mastaba 7920 in debris

Dimensions

Overall: 2.9 x 1.3 cm (1 1/8 x 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

30-1-115

Medium or Technique

Faience

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Amulets

This 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. Often, as here, the god wears a scarab on his head. The back of the amulet is flat and shows a winged goddess in low relief holding two feathers.

Provenance

From Giza, mastaba 7920 in radim. 1930: 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.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition