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Amulet of a djed-pillar

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This amulet is made of dark green jasper and has incised details. It is one of many amulets mounted together taken from the mummy of Princess Mernua. The amulet represents the djed-pillar. The pillar, which symbolized the spinal column of the funerary god Osiris, was the hieroglyphic symbol...

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Provenance

From Beg. S. 85, Princess Mernua [Excav. date] March, 1923, Exp.Ph. A 3164, 6/4. Excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of Sudan.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Nubian, Napatan Period, about 623–568 B.C.

Findspot

Meroe, Sudan

Dimensions

Other: 1.7 cm (11/16 in.)

Accession Number

23.1447

Medium or Technique

Jasper

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets