Amulet of a Djed Column

A work made of faience.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of faience.

Date:

Late Period, Dynasties 26–31 (664–332 BC)

Artist:

Egyptian

About this artwork

Amulets could be strung on cords to be worn by the living or the dead. This group of ancient amulets features a pillar with cross bars, (the djed column) that represented the backbone of the god Osiris and conveyed stability. The center djed is flanked by eyes of Horus, which promised health.

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Ancient and Byzantine Art

Artist

Ancient Egyptian

Title

Amulet of a Djed Column

Origin

Egypt

Date

664 BC–332 BC

Medium

Faience

Dimensions

3.1 × 1 × .55 cm (1.25 × 0.43 × 0.22 in.)

Credit Line

The Art Institute of Chicago

Reference Number

X5

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