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Amulets of Pataikos

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These two pale green faience amulets represent 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 7000 SW, trench 34 X. 1925: 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: January 19, 2005)

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: 1.7 cm (11/16 in.)

Accession Number

25.2965

Medium or Technique

Faience

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets