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Amulet of a djed-pillar (fragments)

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This amulet is made of ivory and bone and consists of two large fragments and three small fragments. They are joining and charred. 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 Dendara, animal catacombs. 1898: excavated by William Flinders Petrie for the Egypt Exploration Fund; assigned to the Egypt Exploration Fund in the division of finds by the government of Egypt; presented to the MFA at the general meeting of the EEF. (Accession Date: November 1, 1898)

Credit Line

Egypt Exploration Fund by subscription

Egyptian, New Kingdom, Dynasty 18–20, 1550–1070 B.C.

Object Place

Denderah, Egypt

Dimensions

Overall: 2.3 x 0.8 x 10.5 cm (7/8 x 5/16 x 4 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

98.1111

Medium or Technique

Ivory and bone

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets