Amulet of Pataikos

Nubian
Napatan Period, reign of Tanwetamani–Anlamani
664–593 B.C.


Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Meroe (Beg. West), Tomb 507

Dimensions

Height: 5.2 cm (2 1/16 in.)

Accession Number

23-M-172

Medium or Technique

Faience

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Amulets

This three-dimensional faience amulet depicts the god Pataikos. 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. Here he wears a tall, faethered headdress and holds a pair of snakes.

Provenance

From Meroe (Beg. W), tomb 507. 1923: 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.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition