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Head of an amulet of Pataikos

This fragmentary amulet represents the protective deity Pataikos on one side and the feline goddess Bastet on the other. Pataikos is typically pictured as a round-bellied, nude dwarf holding a knife in each hand, while Bastet is a feline headed female. In theis case, only the heads remain.


By 1836: Robert Hay Collection, Linplum, Scotland; 1863: to his son, Robert James Alexander Hay; 1868-1872: Way Collection,Boston (purchased by Samuel A. Way through London dealers Rollin and Feuardent, 27 Haymarket); 1872: given to the MFA by Samuel's son, C. Granville Way.

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Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way

Egyptian, Third Intermediate Period–Roman Imperial Period, 1070 B.C.–A.D. 364

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The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets