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Amulet of Pataikos

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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. Almost all of the glaze is now gone.


Bequest of Mrs. Godfrey Peckitt. 1962: Accepted by the MFA; 1969: Arrived at the MFA.

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Bequest of Mrs. Godfrey Peckitt

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

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The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets