Buckle (amulet of a djed-pillar)



Overall: 1.9 x 0.9 cm (3/4 x 3/8 in.)

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Africa and Oceania, Jewelry, The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets

This amulet is of a uniform untramarine blue glass. It has incised lines on the face. The back is flat and plain and there is no hole. The amulet represents the djed-pillar. The pillar, which symbolized the spinal column of the funerary god Osiris, was the hieroglyphic symbol for stability.Glass; untramarine blue; color uniform; incised lines on face; back flat and plain; no hole.


By 1836: Robert Hay Collection, Linplum, Scotland; 1863: to his son, Robert James Alexander Hay; 1868-1872: Way Collection, Boston (purchased by Samuel A. Way through London dealers Rollin and Feuardent, 27 Haymarket); 1872: given to the MFA by Samuel's son, C. Granville Way.

Credit Line

Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way