An Egyptian Faience Cippus, Late Period ca. 664-332 BCE
Object No: EF005-PB
of pale green faience, depicting the dwarf god Pataikos standing on a plinth, the god with a scarab on his head and a Horus-falcon on each shoulder, holding a serpent in each hand, flanked by a standing figure of Isis to his right, and sister Nephthys to his left, the flat-back stele-form pillar incised with a winged Isis wearing a horned sun-disk, pierced behind his head for suspension.
The Pataikos cippus amulet, like the closely related examples featuring Horus-the-Child, was designed to give magical protection against noxious creatures, such as crocodiles and serpents. For a complete discussion of the type see pp. 38-39 in Andrews, Amulets of Ancient Egypt.
Bibliography: Ben-Tor, Daphna, The Immortals of Ancient Egypt, Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 1997, for a related example. Derriks, Antiquités égyptiennes au musée royal de Mariemont, 2009, pp. 238-239 and Andrews, Amulets of Ancient Egypt, p. 39, no. 34.
Condition: loss to top of head, elbow and corner professionally restored and some minor glaze wear otherwise intact and overall in very condition.
Dimensions: Height: 8.25 cm ( 3 1/4 inches)
Provenance: Private Maryland collection, deaccessioned from the Walters Art Museum, 1973.
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