Egyptian Faience Pataikos Amulet
A large ancient Egyptian green faience amulet of Pataikos standing on two crocodiles, holding snakes in his hands. On the back a winged goddess wearing a solar disc, and on the sides stand the goddesses Isis and Nephtys.
Late Period, ca. 700 - 30 BC.
Pataikos or Ptah the dwarf, was generally depicted as a broad-headed, bandy legged, youthful, sometimes janiform, dwarf. He was the protector of children.
cf.: C. Andrews, Amulets of Ancient Egypt, (Texas, 1994), p. 38.
Formerly in the J. C. collection, New York, 1970s.