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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.

Provenance

From Giza. 1928: 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.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Egyptian, Third Intermediate Period to Greco-Roman Period,

Findspot

Giza, Egypt

Accession Number

29.1684

Medium or Technique

Faience

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets