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Djed Pillar. Fragment of an Antropoid Inner Coffin

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Djed Pillar. Fragment of an Antropoid Inner Coffin.

Inventory number APM08103
Dating 21st Dynasty
Archaeological Site Unknown
Height 28.8 cm
Width 66 cm
Depth 4.8 cm

The original inventory item can be found at Universiteit van Amsterdam website. Global Egyptian Museum website states:

The object is a fragment of an anthropoid inner coffin. […] Isis and Nephthys bewail a multicoloured Djed-pillar, crowned with a sun-disk.

Isis and Nephthys resemble supporters.

Because the artifact is dated as belonging to the 21st dynasty, I’ll tentatively put it in Tanis, the capital of such dynasty.

Britannica says:

In 1939 several intact royal tombs of the 21st and 22nd dynasties were excavated in the main temple enclosure in Tanis. Silver coffins, gold masks, and jewelry in gold and silver recall the burial of Tutankhamen, though they are not as rich. Moreover, the tombs and even the sarcophagi were reused material from earlier periods. In 2009 a sacred lake measuring 50 by 40 feet (15 by 12 metres) and dedicated to the goddess Mut was found at Tanis.

The Djed-pillar

The Djed pillar. By Jeff Dahl. CC BY-SA.

The Djed pillar appears in the myth of Isis and Osiris. Set killed Osiris by tricking him into a coffin. The coffin was then flung into the Nile and carried into the ocean. A sacred tree grew around it, enclosing the coffin within its trunk. The king of the land ordered the tree cut down and installed as a pillar in his palace. Later Isis extracted Osiris from the pillar and consecrated it. The Book of the Dead explains that the djed-pillar is the backbone of Osiris. It became the symbol of endurance or stability.

See page 124 of the following book for an extended explanation of the origin of the symbol (called there Ṭeṭ) and many other Egyptian myths:

  • [PDF] S. Budge E. A. Wallis, The gods of the Egyptians; or, Studies in Egyptian mythology, Chicago : Open Court Publishing Co., 1904.
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Let’s remember some of the plasma column instabilities:

Let’s see other Djed pillars (and similar things from elsewhere):

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