Faience Amulet of a Pataikos

Culture: Egyptian
Period: Late period, 664-332 B.C.
Material: Faience
Dimensions: 5.2 cm high
Price: 900 Euro
Ref: 1437
Provenance: From the collection of Dr. J. T. Goodrich (1946-2020), New York.
Condition: Broken along the upper thighs, the break is smoothened. Some minor wear on the face, but overall of a strong expression.
Description: A beautifully worked out, large amulet of a standing pataikos. The nude dwarf-god with an oversized head, which is flat on top and rounded at the back. The face with fine features, finely drawn brows and a friendly smile. The buttocks is far protruding at the back. The strong arms are formed to fists and pushed into the hips. On the back of the head a broad, multiple-ribbed eyelet for suspension reaching to the nape. Pataikos is a dwarf-like god who was very popular with the common people and had an apotropaic function. He is the naturalistic depiction of a dwarf and almost solely used as an amulet. Mounted.