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Amulet of Pataikos

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This amulet of greenish blue faience represents the protective deity Pataikos. The god is pictured as a round-bellied, nude dwarf holding a knife in each hand.


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. (Accession date: June 28, 1872)

Credit Line

Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way

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


Height: 3.8 cm (1 1/2 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets