The dwarf god Pataikos was believed to have been a protection deity. He was considered the son of the craftsman’s god, Ptah, and his name is presumed to originate from discussions by Herodotus. Pataikos essentially means ‘little Ptah’. Pataikos is associated with violent forces; Egyptian artwork depicts him walking over snakes and crocodiles, or grasping them in his hands, in some instances he has a scarab beetle on the top of his head. His protective and fierce qualities were believed to ward off evils that may result in injuries, illnesses or misfortune. He is also often associated and depicted with the dwarf god Bes, appearing together on amulets.
Egyptian Faience Pataikos Amulet
A finely modelled Egyptian faience amulet of the dwarf god Pataikos standing nude on top of a square base. He features a cropped hair style and his hands clasp on his stomach. There is a pierced loop behind the neck for suspension.
Period: Third Intermediate Period
Condition: Very good condition, complete and intact.