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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. This example is made of faience with a dark blue glaze.


From Giza: Street 7000 opposite Ave I. [Excav. date] Nov. 25, 1924 / Photo B 5797. Excavated by the Harvard University–Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of Egypt.

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Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

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


Giza, Egypt

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The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets