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Amulets of Pataikos

Pataikos was 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 blue-green glazed faience.

Provenance

From Meroe (Beg. West), tomb 235. 1923: excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Sudan.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Nubian, Meroitic Period, 270 B.C.–A.D. 320

Findspot

Meroe (Beg.), Nubia (Sudan)

Dimensions

Height: 1.9 x 1cm (3/4 x 3/8in.)

Accession Number

23-1-50

Medium or Technique

Faience

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets