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Head of Pataikos with Scarab
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Head of Pataikos with Scarab


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Description This dwarf-like, protective deity was very popular in ancient Egypt; amulets in the shape of this god were particularly popular from the Third Intermediate period. The Greek name Pataikos comes from a passage in the writings of Herodotus (ca. 5th century BC), who used this term to describe a Phoenician protective dwarf-like image. The Egyptian Pataikos is a special manifestation of the creator god Ptah and the dwarf-like appearance symbolizes his magical power. This head belongs to an unusual variant of Pataikos, representing him with a snake in his mouth which winds its way up to his ears. The god has a scarab on his head. The fragment once belonged to a group of figures standing back to back.
Conservation
Date Description Narrative
7/23/1959Treatmentcleaned
5/28/1962Treatmentcleaned
8/03/1998Examinationexamined for condition
10/01/2006Treatmentcleaned
Exhibitions
  • Daily Magic in Ancient Egypt. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2006-2007.
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

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Period
late 4th-early 3rd century BC (early Greco-Roman)
Medium
Egyptian faience with pale green glaze
(Ceramics)
Accession Number
48.1612
Measurements
H: 13/16 x W: 1/2 x D: 11/16 in. (2.1 x 1.2 x 1.7 cm)
Geographies
  • Egypt (Place of Origin)
Location Within Museum
Not On View

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