Stability; power; endurance; strength; kingship
The djed-pillar was a representation of the backbone of a bull and symbolised strength, power and stability. It was associated with Osiris, the first king of Egypt and ruler of the underworld, as well as Ptah, creator god and patron deity of craftsmen, masons, metalworkers and potters.
This djed is from a page of the Book of the Dead from the collection at the Garstang Museum of Archaeology in Liverpool (temporary accession number 2017/34/2). The owner of the manuscript was a man called Inaros, who lived in Egypt around the Saite Period (c. 664–332 BC), a time of Persian rule.
This part of the papyrus is only a few centimetres tall, but has been photographed using a macro lens to bring out the detail in the brush strokes and lit to highlight the texture of the papyrus. The piece has also undergone some repair in Photoshop. The damaged section down the left side is, in reality, more separated from the rest of the djed. I’ve used Photoshop to bring the damaged section back into place, but I’ve neither added to nor removed from what’s already there.
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