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Amulet of a djed-pillar

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This amulet is of a greenish blue faience with traces of glaze. It is incrusted with brown and has one hole. 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

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.

Credit Line

Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way

Egyptian,

Dimensions

Height: 2.5 cm (1 in.)

Accession Number

72.2389

Medium or Technique

Faience

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets