Pectoral with Pataikos as a cippus

Napatan Period, reign of Taharqa–Senkamanisken
690–623 B.C.

Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Meroe, Beg. W 805


Overall: 10.5 x 6.4 cm (4 1/8 x 2 1/2 in.)

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Medium or Technique


Not On View


Jewelry, The Ancient World



This blue glazed faience amulet takes the form of a plaque with a round top. In relief, the naked protective deity Pataikos is shown standing on two crocodiles and grasping a plant in each hand. He is crowned with a winged disc in which is a scarab. On the reverse are incised a hyena, a tree, and a disc with serpent. The suspension ring at the back is broken off and missing.


From Meroe (Beg. W), tomb W 805. 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.

(Accession date: January 1, 1924)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition