Amulet of Pataikos

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


Height: 7.6 cm (3 in.)

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Jewelry, The Ancient World



This amulet represents the protective deity Pataikos. The god is pictured as a round-bellied, nude dwarf holding a knife in each hand. On his head is a scarab and on each shoulder is a uraeus. A crocodile beneath his feet is now badly damaged. On the reverse is an image of the goddess Isis, with Bastet and the infant Horus on either side. Pataikos is closely related to the cippus of “Horus on the Crocodile”.


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.
(Accession date: June 28, 1872)

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Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way