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 BCE), 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 Pataikos is standing on crocodiles and has knives in his hands. A large collar adorns his neck and upper chest. The crown is quite unusual for Pataikos; it is an atef crown (combination of the Upper Egyptian crown with flanking plumes) flanked by sun-disk-crowned snakes. A scarab, usually on top of the head of Pataikos, is instead placed in front of the lower center of the crown. Wings are attached behind the shoulders of the god. The back pillar is pierced to function as a loop for a pendant. This was probably made during the Ptolemaic Period.
- 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, by 1931
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