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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.


From Giza. 1927: 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.

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Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Egyptian, Third Intermediate Period, Dynasty 21 to Greco-R, Roman Imperial, 1070 B.C.–A.D. 364


Giza, Egypt

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The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets