Amulet of a djed-pillar (fragment)


Findspot: Egypt, Giza, In street G 7300


Overall: 1.7 x 2.2 cm (11/16 x 7/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Glazed faience

Not On View


Africa and Oceania, Jewelry, The Ancient World



This is a fragment of a glazed amulet made of faience. The color is gone now, but it may have been green originally. It has paste-light tan. The amulet represents the djed-pillar. The pillar, which symbolized the spinal column of the funerary god Osiris, was the hieroglyphic symbol for stability.


From Giza, Egypt, in street G 7300 between mastabas G 7350 and G 7450, fill, 1927 : excavated by the Harvard University–Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Egypt.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition