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Amulet of a djed-pillar

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This amulet is made a greenish-blue faience with no glaze. There is a violet discoloration. This rude work has four holes. This amulet is of the djed-pillar. The pillar, which symbolized the spinal column of the funerary god Osiris, was the hieroglyphic symbol for stability.


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



Height: 3.8 cm (1 1/2 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets