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Amulet of a djed-pillar

Nubian
Napatan Period


Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Nuri, Pyramid LIX

Dimensions

Overall: 1.7 x 0.8 cm (11/16 x 5/16 in.)

Accession Number

20.674

Medium or Technique

Limestone

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Amulets

This limestone amulet has no glaze. It is crude work. 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