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Amulet of a djed-pillar

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This glazed amulet is made of light blue faience with violet discoloration. It is glazed with one hole on back. This amulet is of rude work but is in good condition. The amulet represents the djed-pillar. The pillar, which symbolized the spinal column of the funerary god Osiris, was the...

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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: 2.2 cm (7/8 in.)

Accession Number

72.2377

Medium or Technique

Faience

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets