Description: A good-sized stout dark cobalt blue faience Djed column amulet topped by three horizontal ridges, flat-backed and the top block pierced for suspension. Complete and undamaged but with some dark brown staining.
Size: 46 mm/1.8 ins. in length
Date: Late Dynastic Period, c. 730-300 B.C.
Provenance: From the collection of Julian Bird (1959-2014).
Background: Julian Bird was a passionate collector of Egyptian antiquities, who built up a fine and extensive collection from the 1970s onwards. He sourced his items mainly from the UK market, from specialist dealers, fairs, markets and auctioneers. He was a model collector, carefully documenting his collection, although we do not have his notes for this particular item.
Notes: The Djed column was a popular amulet which symbolised the backbone of Osiris and takes the form of the heiroglyphic sign meaning ‘enduring’ or ‘stable’.
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