Djed Pillar Amulet
Djed Pillar Amulet


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African
Middle Eastern
World Cultures ➔ Djed Pillar Amulet

Identifier:
119741
Description:
Djed pillar amulet representing the stability and the backbone of Osiris.

Amulets were used by ancient Egyptians to ward off evil and gain the protection of various gods. Each deity had its own area of protection, such as Taweret for fertility and childbirth, or Horus for the majesty of kingship. Abstract symbols like the wadj scepter represented the papyrus plant stem and  conveyed “eternal youth”, and the djed pillar symbolized “stability.”  People would wear, carry, or offer amulets to deities to gain blessings and would be buried with mummies to protect them in the afterlife.

Spells in the Book of the Dead and other Egyptian funerary texts told morticians where to place each amulet, what stone it should be made of, which spells to say over it, and what effect each amulet would have.
Date:
525 CE – 333 BCE
Materials:
Faience
Current Location Status:
On Exhibit
Source:
Gift Of Taggart, Mr. And Mrs. Ganson
Exhibits/Programs:
Mysteries of Egypt (November 21 1999 – March 26 2000)
Mysteries of Egypt was a traveling exhibit organized by the Canadian Museum of Civilization in the 1990s.  It featured authentic and reproduction artifacts from ancient Egypt.

Egypt (2015 – 2016)
GRPM produced Egypt exhibit
Related Entity:
Mr. and Mrs. Ganson Taggart (donor)