Amulet of dwarf god accompanied by Isis, Nephthys, and Nefertum

Decoration: secondary figure cut in low relief. Perforation at the back.

Historical period(s)
Third Intermediate Period, ca. 1075-656 BCE
Faience (glazed composition)
H x W x D: 4.4 x 2.2 x 1.6 cm (1 3/4 x 7/8 x 5/8 in)
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view


Egypt, Isis, Nefertum, Nephthys, protection, Third Intermediate Period (ca. 1075 - 656 BCE)

To 1908
Ali Arabi, Giza, Egypt, to 1908 [1]

From 1908 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Ali Arabi, in Cairo, in May, 1908 [2]

From 1920
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [3]


[1] See Original Pottery List, L. 1728, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives.

[2] See note 1.

[3] The original deed of Charles Lang Freer's gift was signed in 1906. The collection was received in 1920 upon the completion of the Freer Gallery.

Previous Owner(s)

Ali Arabi (C.L. Freer source)
Charles Lang Freer 1854-1919


Decoration: secondary figure cut in low relief. Perforation at the back.


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.

Published References
  • Ann C. Gunter. A Collector's Journey: Charles Lang Freer and Egypt. Washington and London, 2002. pp. 103, 130, figs. 4.11, 5.5.
Collection Area(s)
Ancient Egyptian Art
Web Resources
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