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Amulet of a djed-pillar

Nubian
Napatan Period


Object Place: Sudan

Dimensions

Overall: 1.2 x 0.9 cm (1/2 x 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

20.673

Medium or Technique

Gold

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Amulets

This gold amulet has incised details on one side only. This crude work has a ring in the back, around which there is an incised circle. 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. Excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition, February 1918; assigned to the MFA by the government of Sudan.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition