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Amulet of Pataikos Flanked by Goddesses

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.
MEDIUM Faience, glazed
  • Place Made: Egypt
  • DATES 664-30 B.C.E.
    DYNASTY XXVI Dynasty or later
    PERIOD Late Period to Ptolemaic Period
    DIMENSIONS 2 15/16 x 1 11/16 x 1 in. (7.5 x 4.3 x 2.5 cm)  (show scale)
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    ACCESSION NUMBER 37.949E
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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    CAPTION Amulet of Pataikos Flanked by Goddesses, 664-30 B.C.E. Faience, glazed, 2 15/16 x 1 11/16 x 1 in. (7.5 x 4.3 x 2.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.949E. Creative Commons-BY
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