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Amulet of dwarf god accompanied by Isis, Nephthys, and Nefertum
ca. 1075-656 B.C.E.

Third Intermediate Period

Faience (glazed composition)
H: 4.4 W: 2.2 D: 1.6 cm

Gift of Charles Lang Freer F1908.87

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This amulet is in the form of the naked dwarf god Pataikos, who protected humans from dangerous creatures. He was often depicted holding a knife in each hand and standing on crocodiles; on top of his head is a scarab beetle, a popular symbol of rebirth. The dwarf god was often shown with other protective deities, represented (as in this example) in profile on the sides and back of the amulet: the goddess Isis; her sister and helper, Nephthys; and the lotus god, Nefertum.