String of amulets of Pataikos
Napatan Period, reign of Shebitka or Taharqa
Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Meroe (Beg. West), Tomb 609
Height (of amulets): 1.2 cm (1/2 in.)
Medium or Technique
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This string of beads is compsed of 50 blue faience amulets of 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.
From Meroe (Beg. W), tomb 609. 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.
Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition