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Amulet of a djed-pillar

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This amulet is made of gold foil with a ring at the back. The amulet represents the djed-pillar. The pillar, which symbolized the spinal column of the funerary god Osiris, was the hieroglyphic symbol for stability.

Provenance

From Egypt, Giza, Pit G 7757 A, (tomb of Kheperre) room II . 1929 : excavated by the Harvard University–Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Egypt.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Egyptian, Late Period, Dynasty 26, reign of Amasis, 570–526 B.C.

Findspot

Giza, Egypt

Dimensions

Overall: 1.6 cm (5/8 in.)

Accession Number

29.2578

Medium or Technique

Gold Foil

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets