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Amulet of a djed-pillar (fragments)

Egyptian
Late Period, Dynasty 26
664–525 B.C


Findspot: Egypt, Giza, G 7540 T Rm.111

Dimensions

Overall: a.1.3 x 0.6 cm (1/2 x 1/4 in.) Overall: b.1.4 x 0.6 cm (9/16 x 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

29.1467a-b

Medium or Technique

Glass

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Amulets

These two amulets were made of blue glass to imitate lapis. Both are broken and incomplete. The amulets represent the djed-pillar. The pillar, which symbolized the spinal column of the funerary god Osiris, was the hieroglyphic symbol for stability.

Provenance

From Giza: G 7540 T, Room III [Excav. date] March 1929: Excavated by the Harvard University–Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of Egypt.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition