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Amulet of a djed-pillar

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This glazed amulet is of a light greenish-blue faience with incised lines on four sides. There is a hole at top and it is in fine condition. 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,

Accession Number

72.2379

Medium or Technique

Faience

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets