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Amulet of a djed-pillar

Nubian
Napatan Period, reign of unknown ruler
404–353 B.C.


Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Meroe (Beg. South), Pyramid XIX

Dimensions

Overall: 1.9 x 0.1cm (3/4 x 1/16in.)

Accession Number

21.12383

Medium or Technique

Travertine (Egyptian alabaster)

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Amulets

This travertine amulet has a hole through top. 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 Meroe (Beg. South), Pyramid XIX. 1921: 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