Pataikos amulet

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

Findspot: Nubia(Sudan), el-Kurru, Ku 53 (tomb of queen Tabiry)


Height x width x depth: 9.3 x 4.8 x 2.5 cm (3 11/16 x 1 7/8 x 1 in.)

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Jewelry, The Ancient World



Made of 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 tall, feathered headdress. A crowned falcon sits on each shoulder and a cynocephalus (dog-headed baboon) sits beside each foot. On the reverse is a winged, lion-headed goddess crowned with a feathered solar disc.


From el-Kurru, Ku 53 (tomb of queen Tabiry). 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