Amulet of a djed-pillar
Likely Late Period, Dynasty 25–30
Height x width: 6 x 2.2 cm (2 3/8 x 7/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
This amulet is made of light blue faience and incrusted with brown. It is in the shape of a djed pillar. The pillar, which symbolized the spinal column of the funerary god Osiris, was the hieroglyphic symbol for stability. Traces of gilding remain. Incised vertical lines can be seen between vertebral segments. It was broken and mended and pierced at back for suspension.
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.
(Accession date: June 28, 1872)
Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way