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Amulet of Pataikos

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This 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. Often, as here, the god wears a scarab on his head. The back of the amulet is...

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From Giza, mastaba 7920 in radim. 1930: excavated by the Harvard University–Boston 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.


Giza, Egypt


Overall: 2.9 x 1.3 cm (1 1/8 x 1/2 in.)

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The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets