Djed Pillar Amulet

Third Intermediate Period

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 126

This djed pillar amulet was found on the left arm of the mummy together with a wedjat eye amulet and a Thoth amulet (see 25.3.170a, c).

Amulets were thought to magically transfer their power to the wearer. Such power often derived from their shape, material, color, and/or the recitations spoken over them. This amulet depicts the so-called djed pillar that ensured permanence. From the New Kingdom on it was also closely connected to Osiris, the god revived after death.

Djed Pillar Amulet, Faience

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Left to right: Thoth amulet (25.3.170a), wedjat eye amulet (25.3.170c), djed pillar amulet (25.3.170b)