An Egyptian Faience Amulet of Pataek, Ptolemaic Period, 304-30 B.C.
Property from a Swiss Private Collection
An Egyptian Faience Amulet of Pataek
Ptolemaic Period, 304-30 B.C.
the dwarf god standing atop two crocodiles, a serpent in each hand, and flanked by two protective goddesses, a scarab atop the crown of his head.
Height 3.4 cm.
Most protruding parts are either chipped or abraded. Front better preserved than back, where body of winged goddess is abraded overall. Large chip on corner of base.
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The bandy-legged dwarf god Pataek or Pataikos was an Egyptian protective deity often created in amulet form for his prophylactic powers. He is commonly depicted conquering harmful forces of natures, such as in the present example, where he is seen strangling a serpent in each hand.
The Greek historian Herodotus suggested that Pataek is either an iteration or the son of Ptah, the god of craftsmen. Indeed, dwarves were often depicted working in the workshops of Egyptian artisans, as attested to in tomb scenes.