Amulet of a djed-pillar

Egyptian
Likely Late Period, Dynasty 25–30
760–332 B.C.


Dimensions

Height x width: 6 x 2.2 cm (2 3/8 x 7/8 in.)

Accession Number

72.2361

Medium or Technique

Faience

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Amulets

This amulet is made of light blue faience and incrusted with brown. 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. Traces of gilding remain. Incised vertical lines can be seen between vertebral segments. It was broken and mended and pierced at back for suspension.

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.
(Accession date: June 28, 1872)

Credit Line

Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way