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Item:133121944321Ancient Egyptian Faience Amulet of Pataikos, Late Dynastic Period, 712-323 BC - Egyptian Antiquities - Egyptian Amulets - Egyptian Faience This tiny amulet dates to ancient Egypt's Late Dynastic Period; this is, the final period of Egyptian independence and cultural flowering prior to Egypt's incorporation in the Hellenistic world created by Alexander the Great after his defeat of the Persian Empire. This was a dynamic and complex period in Egypt but one in which the art of faience production reached exceptional heights. Faience is a material similar to both glass and ceramic, made largely from a paste of ground quartz with minerals added for achieving various colors; in this case a deep blue-green. The deity depicted here is Pataikos. While Pataikos amulets may have been produced as early as the Old Kingdom, they become more popular during the New Kingdom and are quite common during the Late Period. Usually depicted as a bandy-legged dwarf, Pataikos is associated with Horus-the-Child and the guardian deity Bes, and is sometimes shown subjugating dangerous natural forces — stepping upon and grasping crocodiles, snakes, and scorpions while brandishing knives. Amulets depicting protective deities like Pataikos were used to ward away evils that could cause illness, injury, or misfortune. As a protective amulet with a hole through the head for stringing, this would have been part of a necklace, possibly worn alone but more likely as part of a group of amulets interspersed with faience beads. Measures 11 mm in height and 7 mm in width. Still wearable today with caution.Condition:Very minor encrustation in recessed areas, otherwise well preserved with strong color., Material:Faience, Provenance:Ownership History Available
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Ancient Egyptian Faience Amulet of Pataikos, Late Dynastic Period, 712-323 BC