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Amulet of Pataikos

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. The amulet is made of a green glazed faience with an inscription the on back and...

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From Semna: S 536 B, [Excav. date] Mar. 9, 1924. Excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of Sudan.

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Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Egyptian, Late Period, Dynasty 25–30, 760–332 B.C.


Semna, Nubia (Sudan)

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The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets