Scarce Egyptian Djed Pillar Amulet 332 - 30 Bc, Foxwell Collection, Ex Sotheby's For Sale
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SCARCE EGYPTIAN DJED PILLAR AMULET 332 - 30 BC, EX FOXWELL COLLECTION, EX SOTHEBY'S, FROM A SMALL ORIGINAL COLLECTION EXCAVATED BY FLINDERS PETRIE
A superb original musuem grade "Djed Pillar" Egyptian amulet, circa 332 - 30 BC
Beautiful original example from the Foxwell family collection; Mr H G and Miss E Foxwell purchased their collection from the late 1890s until the early 1920s, acquiring from the Forman and Mc Gregor collections (sold by Sotheby's in the early 1900s), originally excavated by renowned British Egyptologist Flinders Petrie
A scarce original example from this small collection and in premium condition
Pieced at the top so can be worn as a pendant
Egyptian amulets were made from a variety of materials - many from a blue- or green-glazed composition known as Egyptian faience - a ceramic composed of crushed sand or quartz with small amounts of lime and either natron or plant ash. This was coated with a vitreous-alkaline glaze, generally bright blue-green in colour due to the use of copper. Other materials used include glass, semi-precious stones (including carnelian and the prized Lapis lazuli), and less commonly bronze, gold and silver
The djed pillar amulet was one of those placed on the mummy. A number of them could be strung around the lower torso, or placed singly on the upper chest or around the neck. The djed pillar symbolized stability and endurance. Although its form was originally that of a tree whose branches had been cut off, it later became the backbone of the God Osiris
A spell in the Book of the Dead activates such an amulet, saying 'Raise yourself up Osiris! You have your backbone once more, O weary-hearted One; you have your vertebrae!'
"Amulet" is a name given to a class of objects and ornaments, and articles of dress and wearing apparel, made of various substances which were employed by the Egyptians, and later by other nations, to protect the human body, either living or dead, from baleful influences, and from the attacks of visible and invisible foes
The word "amulet" is derived from an Arabic root meaning "to bear, to carry," hence "amulet" is "something which is carried or worn," and the name is applied broadly to any kind of talisman or ornament to which powers are ascribed
A beautiful original example of an Egyptian "Djed Pillar" amulet
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