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Amulet of a djed-pillar

The djed-pillar, which symbolized the spinal column of the funerary god Osiris, was the hieroglyphic symbol for stability.

Provenance

From Meroe (Beg. Sout), Pyramid XXII. 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, about 405–369 B.C.

Findspot

Meroe (Beg. South), Nubia (Sudan)

Dimensions

Length x width: 1.8 x 0.9 cm (11/16 x 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

21-3-597b

Medium or Technique

Travertine (Egyptian alabaster)

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets