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Amulet of Pataikos

This poorly preserved limestone 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 and with a scarab on his head, as...

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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)

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Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Nubian, Napatan Period, reign of Shebitka or Taharqa, 698–664 B.C.


Meroe (Beg. W), Nubia (Sudan)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets