Description This intaglio depicts the god Pataikos standing on crocodiles and flanked by the goddesses Isis and Nephthys. Above the figures is a head of Hathor with a winged sun-disk. The reverse shows an ouroboros (a snake eating its own tail) encircling a scarab beetle and the magical "soroor-logos" inscription. Gems with magical icons and words were believed to be protective.
- Early Christian and Byzantine Art. Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore. 1947.
Provenance Henry Walters, New York [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Sadie Jones (Mrs. Henry Walters), New York, 1931, by inheritance; Mrs. Henry Walters Sale, Joseph Brummer, New York, 1942; Walters Art Museum, 1942, by purchase.
Credit Museum purchase [formerly part of the Walters Collection], 1942
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