Amulet of Pataikos
Late Period, Dynasty 25–30
Findspot: Egypt, Giza, Mastaba 7920 in debris
Overall: 2.9 x 1.3 cm (1 1/8 x 1/2 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. Often, as here, the god wears a scarab on his head. The back of the amulet is flat and shows a winged goddess in low relief holding two feathers.
From Giza, mastaba 7920 in radim. 1930: 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.
Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition