Amulet of a djed-pillar
about 623–568 B.C.
Findspot: Sudan, Meroe, Beg. S.85
Other: 2.7 cm (1 1/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
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.
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.
Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition