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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.

Provenance

From Giza, from debris East of Mastaba G 7759. 1931: 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. (Accession date: December 14, 2004)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Egyptian, Third Intermediate Period, Dynasty 21 to Greco-R, Roman Imperial, 1070 B.C.–A.D. 364

Findspot

Giza, Egypt

Dimensions

Width x length x thickness: 1.4 x 3.6 x 1 cm (9/16 x 1 7/16 x 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

31.1829

Medium or Technique

Faience

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets