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Amulet of a djed-pillar

This amulet is made of lapis lazuli. It is thin and the upper part is broken off and missing. The amulet represents the djed-pillar. The pillar, which symbolized the spinal column of the funerary god Osiris, was the hieroglyphic symbol for stability.

Credit Line

Gift of Estate of Mrs. Francis C. Lowell



2.7 cm (1 1/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Lapis Lazuli


The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets