Amulet of a djed-pillar
about 623–568 B.C.
Findspot: Sudan, Meroe, Beg. S.85
Other: 1.7 cm (11/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
This amulet is made of dark green jasper and has incised details. It is one of 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 Mernua [Excav. date] March, 1923, Exp.Ph. A 3164, 6/4. 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