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Amulet of a djed-pillar

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This amulet is made of a very light green faience with a slight glaze, in the shape of a djed pillar. The pillar, which symbolized the spinal column of the funerary god Osiris, was the hieroglyphic symbol for stability. Vertical lines are incised between the horizontal bands.

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: 8.9 x 2.7cm (3 1/2 x 1 1/16in.)

Accession Number

72.2358

Medium or Technique

Faience

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets