Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
Very high-quality and expensive faience amulets were made in all periods. In this amulet, the dwarf god Pataikos strangles snakes while standing on two crocodiles. A scarab, a beetle associated with the sun god, rests on his head. He is flanked by Isis and Nephthys, the wife and sister of Osiris. The back of the amulet is a ba-bird, part of the soul of the deceased. This amulet, worn with a cord around the neck, protects the deceased from snakes and crocodiles in the afterlife. Pataikos has connections to the dwarf god Bes and to the god Horus the child, who also stands on crocodiles. But he seems to be a separate entity.
2 5/8 x 1 7/8 x 5/16 in. (6.7 x 4.8 x 0.8 cm) (show scale)
Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
Pale blue faience divine-eye as amulet. Conventional type with design repeated on opposite side. Pierced horizontally.
Condition: Minor chips. Good workmanship.
This item is not on view
Wadjet-Eye Amulet, 664-332 B.C.E. Faience, 2 5/8 x 1 7/8 x 5/16 in. (6.7 x 4.8 x 0.8 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 08.480.129. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.08.480.129_tlf.jpg)
installation, To Live Forever: Egyptian Treasures from the Brooklyn Museum Broooklyn Installation (2010), CUR.08.480.129_tlf.jpg
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