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Amulet of a djed-pillar

Nubian
Napatan Period
about 405–369 B.C.


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

Dimensions

Length x width: 1.8 x 0.9 cm (11/16 x 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

21-3-597b

Medium or Technique

Travertine (Egyptian alabaster)

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Amulets

The djed-pillar, which symbolized the spinal column of the funerary god Osiris, was the hieroglyphic symbol for stability.

Provenance

From Meroe (Beg. Sout), Pyramid XXII. 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