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Amulet of Pataikos

This amulet of the god Pataikos is made of gold and has a suspension ring at the back. 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.


From Meroe (Beg. W), tomb 486. 1923: excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Sudan. (Accession date: January 1, 1923)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Nubian, Napatan Period, reign of Shabaka or Shebitka, 712–690 B.C.

Object Place for Label


Meroe (Beg. W), Nubia (Sudan)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets