Amulet of a djed-pillar
Late Period, Dynasty 25–30
Height x width: 8.6 x 3.2 cm (3 3/8 x 1 1/4 in.)
Medium or Technique
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This amulet is made of light blue-green faience with thick glaze. It is in the shape of a djed-pillar. The pillar, which symbolized the spinal column of the funerary god Osiris, was the hieroglyphic symbol for stability. There are finely incised lines between the vertebral segments. It is stored with 72.2358.
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.
(Accession date: June 28, 1872)
Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way