Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
Very high-quality and expensive faience amulets were made in all periods. In this amulet, the dwarf god Pataikos strangles snakes while standing on two crocodiles. A scarab, a beetle associated with the sun god, rests on his head. He is flanked by Isis and Nephthys, the wife and sister of Osiris. The back of the amulet is a ba-bird, part of the soul of the deceased. This amulet, worn with a cord around the neck, protects the deceased from snakes and crocodiles in the afterlife. Pataikos has connections to the dwarf god Bes and to the god Horus the child, who also stands on crocodiles. But he seems to be a separate entity.
2 5/8 x 1 7/8 x 5/16 in. (6.7 x 4.8 x 0.8 cm)
This item is not on view
Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
Pale blue faience divine-eye as amulet. Conventional type with design repeated on opposite side. Pierced horizontally.
Condition: Minor chips. Good workmanship.
Not every record you will find here is complete. More information is available for some works than for others, and some entries have been updated more recently. Records are frequently reviewed and revised, and we welcome
any additional information you might have.