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Amulet of a djed-pillar

This lapis lazuli amulet has a broken top. It fits with 29-11-302. They join together as one piece. 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 Egypt, Giza, pit G 7757 A, (tomb of Kheperre) debris of room IV. 1929 : excavated by the Harvard University–Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Egypt.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Egyptian, Late Period, Dynasty 26, reign of Amasis, 570–526 B.C.

Findspot

Giza, Egypt

Dimensions

Overall: 1.7 x 0.8 x 0.5 cm (11/16 x 5/16 x 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

29.2700

Medium or Technique

Lapis lazuli

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets