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Amulet of a djed-pillar

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This amulet of a djed-pillar is made of lapis lazuli spotted with white. Its edges are nicked, and it has traces of gilding and a hole at top. The pillar, which symbolized the backbone of the funerary god Osiris, was the hieroglyphic symbol for stability.

Provenance

By 1836: Robert Hay Collection, Linplum, Scotland; 1863: to his son, Robert James Alexander Hay; 1868-1872: Way Collection, Boston (purchased by Samuel A. Way through London dealers Rollin and Feuardent, 27 Haymarket); 1872: given to the MFA by Samuel's son, C. Granville Way. (Accession date: June 28, 1872)

Credit Line

Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way

Egyptian, Hellenistic Period (Ptolemaic Dynasty), 305–30 B.C.

Dimensions

Height x width: 6.6 x 2.8 cm (2 5/8 x 1 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

72.1224

Medium or Technique

Lapis lazuli

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets