Finely modeled faience amulet of the Egyptian dwarf god Pataikos.
The figure is shown nude, crouching with his legs apart on top of a square base. Pataikos holds his hands to either side of the protruding belly. A groove along the chest and abdomen to the navel.
Well shaped facial features, with a line incised at the limit of the shaven hair.
No back pillar. Legs and arms in open-work. Grooved loop for suspension to the back of the neck.
Ptah the Dwarf, also known under the Greek name Pataikos, was considered a protector of children.
For a closely related example, cf. Petrie Museum catalogue UC52692.
Egyptian, Late Period, 26th-30th Dynasty, 664-332 BC
H. 4.4 cm (1.7 in)
Intact, excellent condition. Tiny chip out of the ear. Superb faience.
Belgium private collection by succession.
The authenticity of the item is unconditionally guaranteed.