Djed-pillar amulet

Egyptian


Dimensions

Overall: 2.2 x 0.6 cm (7/8 x 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

72.1229

Medium or Technique

Carnelian

Not On View

Collections

Africa and Oceania, Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Amulets

This djed pillar amulet is made of light, translucent carnelian with a high polish. It is in good condition.

The djed pillar symbolized the backbone of the funerary god Osiris and was the hieroglyphic symbol for stability.

Provenance

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