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Amulet of Pataikos

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This three-dimensional faience amulet depicts 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. Here he wears a tall, faethered...

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From Meroe (Beg. W), tomb 507. 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.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Nubian, Napatan Period, reign of Tanwetamani–Anlamani, 664–593 B.C.


Meroe (Beg. West), Nubia (Sudan)


Height: 5.2 cm (2 1/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets