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Amulet of a djed-pillar

Nubian
Napatan Period


Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Nuri, Pyramid LIX

Dimensions

Overall: 1.9 cm (3/4 in.)

Accession Number

20.658

Medium or Technique

Quartz

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Amulets

This quartz amulet has a hole through the top. The amulet represents the djed-pillar. The pillar, which symbolized the spinal column of the funerary god Osiris, was the hieroglyphic symbol for stability.

Provenance

From Nuri, Pyramid LIX. Feb 1918: 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