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Amulet of Pataikos

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Made of green glazed faience, this three-dimensional amuet represents the protective god Pataikos. The god is pictured as a round-bellied, nude dwarf with a knife in each hand and an elaborate headdress composed of a solar disk, feathers, and flanking pair of uraeii. A crowned falcon sits on...

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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)

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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: 7.9 x 4.3 x 2 cm (3 1/8 x 1 11/16 x 13/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets