Here you find a beautiful green Djed pillar amulet from circa the Late Period 688–332 B.C. This symbol of Osiris god of the underworld was a potent symbol of regeneration and was made to accompany the dead on to its journey. What the form represents is unknown to this day. It could represent a leafless tree, a pole a spine. Eventually the common belief was that it represented the backbone or spine of the god Osiris. In the New Kingdom it decorated the bases of mummy coffins. Measures 1 1/4 inches in height, with ancient suspension hole.
The spell in the Book of the Dead associated with them calls out to the god: 'Raise yourself up Osiris! You have your backbone once more. O weary-hearted One; you have your vertebrae!' British Museum.
Provenance: Gustave Jequier (1868-1946)
Ex. Billy Jamieson (1954-2011)
Authentication: Gayle Gibson, Egyptologist.