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Djed pillar Amulet

Period:
Late Period–Ptolemaic Period
Dynasty:
Dynasty 26–29
Date:
664–30 B.C.
Geography:
From Egypt
Medium:
Faience
Dimensions:
H. 4.5cm (1 3/4 in); w. 1.7cm (11/16 in); th. 0.9cm (3/8 in)
Credit Line:
Gift of Joseph W. Drexel, 1889
Accession Number:
89.2.539
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 127
This emblem of Osiris, god of the underworld, was a potent symbol of regeneration and therefore made to accompany the mummy on its journey. What the form represents is unknown: a leafless tree or a pole with notches or attachments. Eventually it came to represent the backbone of Osiris and in the New Kingdom decorated the bases of coffins.
Donated by Joseph W. Drexel, Philadelphia, 1889.

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