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Djed-pillar amulet

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This djed-pillar amulet has a hole at the top and is carved on both sides. It is made of opaque, pale straw-colored stone. The surface is incrusted. The djed-pillar symbolized the backbone of the funerary god Osiris and was the hieroglyphic symbol for stability.

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

Overall: 1.6 x 0.9 cm (5/8 x 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

72.1233

Medium or Technique

Stone

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets