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Amulet of Pataikos

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Made of green glazed faience, this amuet represents the protective god Pataikos. The god is pictured as a winged, round-bellied, nude dwarf wearing a tall, feathered headdress adorned with ram's horns. On the reverse is a winged, lion-headed goddess crowned with a disc and uraeus.


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)

Credit Line

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: 7.6 x 4 x 1.4 cm (3 x 1 9/16 x 9/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets