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Amulet of Pataikos

This lapis lazuli amulet depicts the god Pataikos. 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 609. 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 Shebitka or Taharqa, 698–664 B.C.

Object Place for Label


Meroe (Beg. W), Nubia (Sudan)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Lapis Lazuli


The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets