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Amulet of Pataikos

This blue glazed faience 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.

Provenance

From Giza, G 7652 A, room 8. 1929: excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Egypt. (Accession Date: April 28, 1929)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Egyptian, Late Period–Roman Imperial Period, 760 B.C.–A.D. 364

Findspot

Giza, Egypt

Accession Number

29.1426

Medium or Technique

Faience

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets