Description: A dark green glazed faience Djed column topped by four ‘vertebrae’ and with pierced back pillar. Some small chips to the lowermost lateral projection and to the base, otherwise condition good.
Size: 26 mm/1 in. in length
Date: Late Dynastic Period, c. 730-300 B.C.
Provenance: From the collection of Julian Bird (1959-2014) and bought at a Jones & Jacob, Watlington, Oxfordshire, Sale in December 2012, as part of Lot 353.
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, and his notes on this particular item will be supplied to the buyer.
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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