Two djed-pillar amulets
about 623–568 B.C.
Findspot: Sudan, Meroe, Beg. S.85
Other: 1.7 cm (11/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Travertine (Egyptian alabaster) ?
Not On View
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.
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.
Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition