Djed-pillar amulet

Egyptian


Dimensions

Overall: 1.6 x 0.6 cm (5/8 x 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

72.1234

Medium or Technique

Stone

Not On View

Collections

Africa and Oceania, Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Amulets

This djed-pillar amulet is carved on both sides. It is made of polished chocolate-brown stone, and 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