An Egyptian Green Faience Djed Pillar Amulet, 26th Dynasty ca. 664 - 525 BCE
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The djed-pillar was closely linked with Osiris, and its shape was interpreted as a representation of his backbone, suggesting stability and endurance. This example, of fine bright blue faience, has a slender tapering form with a tall broad shaft and ribbed capital that is surmounted by four short horizontal bars. It is pierced at the back for attachment to the mummy wrappings thus conferring these qualities on the deceased. Strung as a necklace on an 18k white gold chain.
Condition: Intact and in very good condition overall.
Dimensions: Amulet height: 1 inch (2.5 cm). Strung on an 18K white gold chain adjustable up to 18 inches.
Provenance: Ex Dr. Joseph Touma, Virginia, acquired from Christie's in 1993.
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