Period: Late Period–Ptolemaic Period
Dynasty: Dynasty 26–29
Date: 664–30 B.C.
Geography: From Egypt
Dimensions: H. 4.5cm (1 3/4 in); w. 1.7cm (11/16 in); th. 0.9cm (3/8 in)
Credit Line: Gift of Joseph W. Drexel, 1889
Accession Number: 89.2.539
This emblem of Osiris, god of the underworld, was a potent symbol of regeneration and therefore made to accompany the mummy on its journey. What the form represents is unknown: a leafless tree or a pole with notches or attachments. Eventually it came to represent the backbone of Osiris and in the New Kingdom decorated the bases of coffins.