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Two djed-pillar amulets

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This amulet is possibly made of travertine. It is mounted together with other amulets taken from the mummy of Princess Mernua. The amulet represents two djed-pillars. The pillar, which symbolized the spinal column of the funerary god Osiris, was the hieroglyphic symbol for stability.


From Beg. S. 85, Princess Meruna. / Exp. Ph. A 3164 7/8 and 10. [Excav. date] March, 1923. 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.


Meroe, Sudan


Other: 1.7 cm (11/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Travertine (Egyptian alabaster) ?


The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets