Amulet of Pataikos
Third Intermediate Period–Roman Imperial Period
1070 B.C.–364 A.D.
Height: 1.6 cm (5/8 in.)
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This vert schematic amulet of pale blue faience represents the protective deity Pataikos. The god is typically pictured as a round-bellied, nude dwarf with a scarab on his head, holding a knife in each hand. In this case the details are highly simplified.
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.
Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way