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Amulet of Pataikos

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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. In this example, made of dark, olive-green glazed faience, the knive are absent.

Provenance

1912: Gift of the Estate of Professor Henry Williamson Haynes, through Miss Sarah H. Blanchard. (Accession date: July 18, 1912)

Credit Line

Gift from the Estate of Professor Henry Williamson Haynes

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

Dimensions

Height x width: 2.9 x 1.2 cm (1 1/8 x 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

12.620

Medium or Technique

Faience

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets