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Amulet of Pataikos

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Blue glazed faience. Standing figure with knife in each hand and scarab on head. Disc crowned cynocephalus on each shoulder, dog (?) beside each foot. Reverse incised figure of Shu. (Card)


From el-Kurru: pyramid 52 (tomb of Queen Nefrukekashta). 1919: 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, 1924)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Nubian, Napatan Period, reign of Piye (Piankhy), 743–712 B.C.


Nubia, Sudan


Height x width x depth: 7.1 x 4 x 2 cm (2 13/16 x 1 9/16 x 13/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets