Egyptian Faience Figurine of Pataikos


An Egyptian faience figurine of Pataikos, now mounted on a wooden base but once worn as an amulet. The dwarf god stands front-on with his arms by his side, his legs together and his stomach protruding. His disproportionately large head bears a stern expression with the facial features naturally rendered. A suspension loop is displayed on the back of his neck.

Date: Circa 664-332 BC
Period: Late Period
Condition: Fine condition with minor chipping on the body. The feet have extensive cracks and have been repaired. Old provenance can be seen on the base of the mount.

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SKU: RF-005 Category: Tag:

The god Pataikos is the son of Ptah (his name being the diminutive, little Ptah), the craftsman god. Pataikos is often depicted as conquering the evil or the threatening, seen grasping crocodiles, snakes and scorpions, thus presenting him as a protective force and apotropaic symbol. Although worshipped during the Old Kingdom, amulets in his form became most popular in the Third Intermediate Period. These would have been worn to protect the wearer from harm, illness or misfortune.

To find out more about the Ancient Egyptian amulets please see our relevant blog post:Egyptian Amulets and their Meanings: Ancient Egyptian Gods.

Weight 37.4 g
Dimensions L 3.8 x W 3.3 x H 9.4 cm

Egyptian Mythology



Reference: For a similar item,Metropolitan Museum, New York, item 74.51.4463

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