Pataikos amulet

Accession Number
Current Location
House of Death (ground floor), Amulets case
Object Type
Jewellery, Amulet
Late Period
Height: 43.1mm | Width: 17.5mm | Depth: 12.3mm
Number of Elements
Divine Name

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A blue glazed composition amulet in the form of the god Pataikos with a pierced suspension ring at the back of the neck. It is on long-term loan from the British Museum who acquired it in 1866 from Louis Charles Pierre Casimir de Blacas d'Aulps. According to Lacovara et al (2001, 148–9), this deity is an amalgam of the Memphite deities Ptah and Sokar. Both are gods associated with craftsmen. Barrett (2011, 279–84) also sees a connection with child gods, or rather, aged infants, and in particular Harpocrates. By the seventh century BCE, Ptah-Sokar is shown in this dwarf-like form, achondroplastic dwarf . When Herodotus visited a temple in Memphis (c. 450 BC), he called these statuettes 'pataeci', hence the name. Pataikos amulets are found in burials in Egypt, Nubia, Palestine, and Phoenicia.


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