Djed pillar amulet

For the ancient Egyptians amulets were symbolic objects that conferred power or protection against a world of chaos and also during their journey to the Other World. Many of these amulets were small in size, so that they could be worn during the lifetime in a collar, or so that after death they could be placed among the bindings of the mummy.

The use of amulets is well documented in the Pre-Dynastic Period. Inscribed lists of them have been found in the Temple of Dendera and in the so-named Papyrus McGregor, where 75 different models of amulets with their form, function and meaning are cited.

Through the use of the word (very important for the ancient Egyptians) and the correct rituals, these objects received magic powers so that they could carry out the function of protection of those who wore them.


- KOZLOFF, A. Animals in Ancient Art. The Leo Mildenberg Collection. pp. 67-68, nº 55.
- STEINDORFF, G. Catalogue of the Egyptian sculpture in the Walters Art Gallery. Baltimore.

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