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EA1402

An Egyptian Faience Amulet of Pataikos, Late Period, ca 664 - 332 BC

of blue-green glazed faience, the protector god shown standing nude, hands on hips and wearing a cap headdress. A suspension hole is pierced through the neck for attachment. 

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. 

Dimensions: Height 2.6 cm (1.02 inches)

Conditions:  Intact and in excellent condition overall.  On marble base (shown).

Provenance: acquired from Susette Khayat, Ancient Arts Gallery, 5th Ave, New York City, in the 1950's and then by descent.

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