Amulet of a djed-pillar

Egyptian
Late Period, Dynasty 26, reign of Amasis
570–526 B.C.


Findspot: Egypt, Giza, Pit G 7757 A, room II

Dimensions

Overall: 1.6 cm (5/8 in.)

Accession Number

29.2578

Medium or Technique

Gold Foil

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Amulets

This amulet is made of gold foil with a ring at the back. 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 Egypt, Giza, Pit G 7757 A, (tomb of Kheperre) room II . 1929 : 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