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Amulet of a djed-pillar

This amulet is made of quartz, with a hole through the top. The amulet represents the djed-pillar. The pillar, which symbolized the spinal column of the funerary god Osiris, was the hieroglyphic symbol for stability.


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,


Nuri, Nubia (Sudan)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets