Amulet of a djed-pillar

Egyptian


Findspot: Egypt, Giza, Street 7000

Dimensions

Overall: 2.3 x 0.9 cm (7/8 x 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

26-1-382

Medium or Technique

Carnelian

Not On View

Collections

Africa and Oceania, Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Amulets

This carnelian amulet is brownish. The top is chipped and the base is broken. 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

Giza Street 7000. January 1926: excavated by the Harvard University–Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Egypt.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition