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Amulet of Pataikos

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This hollow gold amulet depicts the god Pataikos. 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. There is a suspension ring on the back.

Provenance

From Meroe (Beg. W), tomb 493. 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.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Nubian, Napatan Period, reign of Kashta to Taharqa, 750–664 B.C.

Findspot

Meroe (Beg. W), Nubia (Sudan)

Dimensions

Height: 1.5 cm (9/16 in.) -

Accession Number

23.844

Medium or Technique

Gold

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets