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Amulet of Pataikos

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This amulet is made of blue glazed faience with a gold setting with a long gold loop at the back. The 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...

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From Meroe (Beg. W), tomb 311. 1923: excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Sudan. (Accession date: January 1, 1923)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Nubian, Meroitic Period, About 10 B.C.–A.D. 114


Meroe (Beg. W), Nubia (Sudan)


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

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Medium or Technique

Faience and gold


The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets