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Amulet of Pataikos

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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. Animals often appear with him, including a scarab on his head, crocodiles being trampled under his...

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Provenance

From Nubia, Gebel Barkal, B1200 room 1217. 1919: excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Sudan. (Accession date: January 7, 2005)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Nubian, Napatan Period, 750–270 B.C.

Findspot

Gebel Barkal, Nubia (Sudan)

Dimensions

Overall: 3.7 x 1.9cm (1 7/16 x 3/4in.)

Accession Number

19.1655

Medium or Technique

Faience

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets