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Buckle (amulet of a djed-pillar)

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This amulet is of a uniform untramarine blue glass. It has incised lines on the face. The back is flat and plain and there is no hole. The amulet represents the djed-pillar. The pillar, which symbolized the spinal column of the funerary god Osiris, was the hieroglyphic symbol for...

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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.

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Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way



Overall: 1.9 x 0.9 cm (3/4 x 3/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets