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Amulet of Pataikos

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This pale green faience amulet represents Pataikos, 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.

Provenance

From Egypt, Giza, G 7220. 1924: excavated by the Harvard University–Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Egypt.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Egyptian, Late Period, Dynasty 25–30, 760–332 B.C.

Findspot

Giza, Egypt

Dimensions

Height: 2.3 cm (7/8 in.)

Accession Number

24.2750

Medium or Technique

Faience

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets