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Amulet of a djed-pillar

This quartz amulet has 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.

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

20.658

Medium or Technique

Quartz

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets