Amulets of Pataikos
270 B.C.–A.D. 320
Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Meroe (Beg.), W235
Height: 1.9 x 1cm (3/4 x 3/8in.)
Medium or Technique
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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. This example is made of blue-green glazed faience.
From Meroe (Beg. West), tomb 235. 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.
Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition