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Amulet of a djed-pillar

This amulet is made of quartz. There is a hole through top, with the base broken off. 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 Nuri, Pyramid LIX. Feb. 1918: Excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of Sudan.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Nubian, Napatan Period,

Findspot

Nuri, Nubia (Sudan)

Accession Number

20.656

Medium or Technique

Quartz

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets