Amulet of Pataikos
Late Period, Dynasty 25–30
Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Semna, Tomb S 536 B
Height: 3.6 cm (1 7/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
This amulet represents Pataikos, 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. The amulet is made of a green glazed faience with an inscription the on back and under the base.
From Semna: S 536 B, [Excav. date] Mar. 9, 1924. Excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of Sudan.
Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition