38: An Egyptian Djed Pillar Amulet
Late Period, 26th-30th Dynasty, 664-332 B.C. Blue-green glazed faience composition Djed amulet, the backbone of Osiris symbolizing strength and stability, carved in the shape of a tall shaft with four horizontal bars, on the back side of the pillar stands a taller column, pierced for suspension. The Spell 155 of the Book of the Dead, refers to its function as follows "I am the magical protection of Osiris". It's a magical spell, to be recited over a djed pillar, placed over the throat of the deceased on the day of burial. 1" (2.6cm).
Provenance: Ex-Estate of Ursula Liebert, Bloomfield Hills, MI. Collection vetted by Dr. William Peck, former curator Detroit Institute of Arts. References: Amulets of ancient Egypt, p. 83, no. 84c, for similar.