Amulet of a djed-pillar

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


Findspot: Egypt, Giza, pit G 7757 A, debris of room IV

Dimensions

Overall: 0.7 x 0.8 x 0.5 cm (1/4 x 5/16 x 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

29.2637

Medium or Technique

Lapis Lazuli

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Amulets

This is a fragment of an amulet made of lapis lazuli (fits with 29-11-394). 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) debris of room IV. 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