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Amulet of Pataikos

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This amulet of mottled pea-green faience represents the protective god Pataikos. The god is pictured as a bald, round-bellied, nude dwarf with a knife in each hand and a headdress composed of tall feathers, a solar disc and a uraeus.

Provenance

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.–364 A.D.

Dimensions

Height x width: 6.6 x 2.9 cm (2 5/8 x 1 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

72.1893

Medium or Technique

Faience

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets