The djed-pillar can perhaps be understood as the backbone of Osiris, or that of the deceased associated with him. The Egyptians recognized the importance of the spine and saw it as a symbol that kept Osiris, the resurrected god, intact and able to function. Spell 151e of the Book of the Dead refers to the djed-pillar amulet as “the magical protection of Osiris,” and spell 155 was recited over this amulet as it was placed on the throat of a mummy. As a hieroglyph, the djed-pillar denotes the more abstract concepts of stability, endurance, and rejuvenation.
- Medium: Faience, glazed
- Place Made: Egypt
- Dates: 664-332 B.C.
- Dynasty: XXVI Dynasty (or later)
- Period: Late Period
- Dimensions: 3 13/16 x 1 7/16 x 9/16 in. (9.7 x 3.6 x 1.5 cm) (show scale)
- Collections:Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
- Museum Location: This item is on view in Egypt Reborn: Art for Eternity, Special Exhibitions, Egyptian Galleries, 3rd Floor
- Accession Number: 37.1306E
- Credit Line: Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
- Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
- Caption: Djed-pillar Amulet, 664-332 B.C. Faience, glazed, 3 13/16 x 1 7/16 x 9/16 in. (9.7 x 3.6 x 1.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.1306E. Creative Commons-BY
- Record Completeness: Good (69%)