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Amulet of a djed-pillar

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This amulet of a djed-pillar is made of purplish-brown faience, slightly glazed and heavily encrusted. The edges slightly chipped; otherswise it is intact. 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. (Accession date: June 28, 1872)

Credit Line

Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way

Egyptian, Late Period, Dynasty 25–30, 760–332 B.C.

Dimensions

Height x width: 11.1 x 3.8 cm (4 3/8 x 1 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

72.2357

Medium or Technique

Faience

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets