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Amulet of a djed-pillar

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This amulet is possibly made of a fine grained basalt or obsidian. It is one of sixty beads and amulets from the wrappings of a single mummy. (Body A, Tomb 23). The amulet represents the djed-pillar. The pillar, which symbolized the spinal column of the funerary god Osiris, was the...

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Provenance

From Tell Nabasha, Tomb 23, body A. 1886, excavated by William Matthew Flinders Petrie for the Egypt Exploration Fund, assigned to the EEF by the Egyptian government; presented to the MFA at EEF fifth annual general meeting; sent over June 1, 1887. (Accession date: January 1, 1887)

Credit Line

Egypt Exploration Fund by subscription

Egyptian, Late Period, 664–332 B.C.

Findspot

Tell Nabasha, Egypt

Dimensions

Overall: 3.4 x 1.9 cm (1 5/16 x 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

87.671.53

Medium or Technique

Fine grained basalt or possibly obsidian

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets