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Amulet of Pataikos

This amulet is made of a light blue glazed faience with soft white paste. It 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 Egypt, Giza, Ave 4, debris. 1926: 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, Late Period, Dynasty 25–30, 760–332 B.C.

Findspot

Giza, Egypt

Dimensions

Overall: 1.3 x 1.2 cm (1/2 x 7/16 in.)

Accession Number

26-2-35

Medium or Technique

Faience

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets