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Amulet of a djed-pillar

This travertine amulet has a hole through 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 Meroe (Beg. South), Pyramid XIX. 1921: 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, reign of unknown ruler, 404–353 B.C.

Findspot

Meroe (Beg. South), Nubia (Sudan)

Dimensions

Overall: 1.9 x 0.1cm (3/4 x 1/16in.)

Accession Number

21.12383

Medium or Technique

Travertine (Egyptian alabaster)

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets