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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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Provenance

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.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

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

Findspot

Semna, Nubia (Sudan)

Accession Number

27.885

Medium or Technique

Faience

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets