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Fragmentary amulet of Pataikos

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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. Animals often appear with him, including a scarab on his head, crocodiles being trampled under his...

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From Meroe (Beg. South) Grave 157. 1921: Excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of Sudan.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Nubian, Napatan Period, reign of Taharqa or Tanwetamani, 690–653 B.C.


Meroe, Nubia (Sudan)


Overall: 1.9 x 2.9 x 2.5cm (3/4 x 1 1/8 x 1in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets