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Head of an amulet of Pataikos

Egyptian
Third Intermediate Period–Roman Imperial Period
1070 B.C.–A.D. 364


Dimensions

Height: 3.5 cm (1 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

72.1924

Medium or Technique

Faience

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Amulets

This fragmentary amulet represents the protective deity Pataikos on one side and the feline goddess Bastet on the other. Pataikos is typically pictured as a round-bellied, nude dwarf holding a knife in each hand, while Bastet is a feline headed female. In theis case, only the heads remain.

Provenance

By 1836: Robert Hay Collection, Linplum, Scotland; 1863: to his son, Robert James Alexander Hay; 1868-1872: Way Collection,Boston (purchased by Samuel A. Way through London dealers Rollin and Feuardent, 27 Haymarket); 1872: given to the MFA by Samuel's son, C. Granville Way.

Credit Line

Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way