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Amulet of Pataikos

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Made of blue glazed faience, this three-dimensional amuet represents the protective god Pataikos. The god is pictured as a bald, round-bellied, nude dwarf with a knife in each hand and a tall, feathered headdress. A crowned falcon sits on each shoulder and a cynocephalus (dog-headed baboon) sits...

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From El-Kurru, pyramid 53 (tomb of queen Tabiry). 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)

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Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

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


el-Kurru, Nubia(Sudan)


Height x width x depth: 9.3 x 4.8 x 2.5 cm (3 11/16 x 1 7/8 x 1 in.)

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The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets