Two djed-pillar amulets

Nubian
Napatan Period
about 623–568 B.C.


Findspot: Sudan, Meroe, Beg. S.85

Dimensions

Other: 1.7 cm (11/16 in.)

Accession Number

23.1457a-b

Medium or Technique

Travertine (Egyptian alabaster) ?

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Amulets

This amulet is possibly made of travertine. It is mounted together with other amulets taken from the mummy of Princess Mernua. The amulet represents two djed-pillars. The pillar, which symbolized the spinal column of the funerary god Osiris, was the hieroglyphic symbol for stability.

Provenance

From Beg. S. 85, Princess Meruna. / Exp. Ph. A 3164 7/8 and 10. [Excav. date] March, 1923. 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