of blue glazed faience, the protector god shown standing nude, hands on hips and wearing a cap headdress. A suspension loop is at the back of the head.
Pataikos, a pygmy possessing affinities with Bes and Horus the child (Harpocrates), was a protector from danger. He is so-named from a passage in Herodotus in which the Greek writer likens the statue of Hephaistos (Ptah) in Memphis to the figures of pygmies that adorned the prows of Phoenician triremes.
Condition: Intact and in excellent condition overall with no chips, cracks or breaks. Presented in a custom display box (pictured) from which it can be easily removed.
Dimensions: Height: 1.9 cm (.74 inch)
Provenance: Forming part of the Lenman/Stohlman collection assembled by the Washington D.C. socialite Miss Isobel H. Lenman (1845 - 1931), in the early 1900’s. Loaned and accessioned by the Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C., between 1916 and 1921 where it was exhibited until her death in 1931. Thereafter, the collection was returned to her heirs and sold around 1937 to Dr. Martin Stohlman, remaining with the Stohlman family until 2011.