Amulet of Pataikos

Roman Imperial Period
30 B.C.–A.D 364

Findspot: Egypt, Giza, Menkaura Pyramid Temple, room J2


Overall: 4 x 1.8 x 1.4 cm (1 9/16 x 11/16 x 9/16 in.)

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Jewelry, The Ancient World



This is an amulet of Pataikos. He has a scarab on his head and is protected by the wings of a goddess. It is made of bright blue glazed faience and is finely detailed.
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. Animals often appear with him, including a scarab on his head, crocodiles being trampled under his feet, falcons on his shoulders and snakes in his hands.


From Giza, Menkaura Pyramid Temple, room J2. 1907: excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Egypt.

(Accession date: March 2, 1911)

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Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition