Amulet of a djed-pillar

Egyptian
Late Period
664–332 B.C.


Findspot: Egypt, Tell Nabasha, Body A, Tomb 23

Dimensions

Overall: 3.2 x 1.3 cm (1 1/4 x 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

87.671.35

Medium or Technique

Lapis

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Amulets

This amulet of made of a light gray mottled lapis. It is one of sixty beads and amulets from the wrappings of a single mummy. (Body A, Tomb 23). 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 Tell Nabasha, Tomb 23, body A. 1886, excavated by William Matthew Flinders Petrie for the Egypt Exploration Fund, assigned to the EEF by the Egyptian government; presented to the MFA at EEF fifth annual general meeting; sent over June 1, 1887. (Accession date: January 1, 1887)

Credit Line

Egypt Exploration Fund by subscription