String of amulets of Pataikos

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


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

Dimensions

Height: 2.3 cm (7/8 in.)

Accession Number

23-M-100

Medium or Technique

Faience

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Amulets

This string of beads is compsed of six blue faience amulets of 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.

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