Amulet of Pataikos, Isis, and Nephthys

Third Intermediate Period–Roman Imperial Period

Findspot: Egypt, Naukratis


Height: 7.2 cm (2 13/16 in.)

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Africa and Oceania, Jewelry, The Ancient World



This white amulet is made of faience and was originally covered with blue glaze but now much of it is worn. It represents the protective deity Pataikos, supported on either side by Isis and Nekhbet and at the back a winged figure crowned with horns and disc, holding feathers. All four figures stand on two crocodiles and Pataikos wears a scarab on his head. There is a suspension ring on back of Pataikos.


From Naukratis. 1885: excavated by William Matthew Flinders Petrie for the Egypt Exploration Fund, assigned to the EEF by the Egyptian government; October 28, 1885: voted to the MFA at EEF general meeting; sent over February 1886. (Accession date: January 1, 1886)

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Egypt Exploration Fund by subscription