Amulet of Pataikos

Napatan Period, reign of Piankhy (Piye)
743–712 B.C.

Findspot: Nubia(Sudan), el-Kurru, Ku 52 (Tomb of Nefrukekashta)


Height x width x depth: 8.6 x 5.2 x 2.5 cm (3 3/8 x 2 1/16 x 1 in.)

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Jewelry, The Ancient World



Made of greenish blue glazed faience, this three-dimensional amuet represents the protective god Pataikos. The god is pictured as a bald, round-bellied, nude dwarf with a knife in each hand and a scarab on his head. A crowned falcon sits on each shoulder and a lion sits beside each foot. Beneath the god’s feet are a pair of crocodiles. On the reverse is a winged goddess crowned with a disc and uraeus.


From el-Kurru, Ku. 52 (tomb of Queen Nefrukekashta). 1919: 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.

(Accession date: January 1, 1924)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition