Amulet of a djed-pillar

Nubian
Napatan Period
about 623–568 B.C.


Findspot: Sudan, Meroe, Beg. S.85

Dimensions

Other: 2.7 cm (1 1/16 in.)

Accession Number

23.1456

Medium or Technique

Stone

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Amulets

This amulet is made of white stone with incised details. Much of it has decayed. It is one of the many amulets mounted together taken from the mummy of Princess Mernua. 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 Beg. S. 85, Princess Meruna. / Exp. Ph. A 3164 7/9. [Excav. date] March, 1923. 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