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Standing Pataikos

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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 amulet presents the standard type of Pataikos as a standing nude dwarf, with his clenched hands at his sides, and a large dominating head.
  • Daily Magic in Ancient Egypt. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2006-2007.
Provenance Maurice Nahman, Cairo; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1930, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1930

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late 4th-3rd century BC (Greco-Roman)
Egyptian faience with green glaze
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H: 1 3/4 x W: 5/8 x D: 7/16 in. (4.4 x 1.6 x 1.15 cm)
  • Egypt (Place of Origin)
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