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Amulet of a djed-pillar

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This amulet is made of gold with incised details on one side only. There is a ring at the back for suspension. 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

From Nuri, pyramid 27 (tomb of Queen Madiken) 1918.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Nubian, Napatan Period, reign of Anlamani, 632–593 B.C.

Findspot

Nubia, Sudan

Dimensions

Overall: 1.5 x 1.4 cm (9/16 x 9/16 in.)

Accession Number

20.374

Medium or Technique

Gold

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets