Amulet, wadjet eye - 910.46.190_1

910.46.190_1

Amulet, wadjet eye

Medium:Glazed composition (faience)
Geography: Undetermined site, Egypt
Date: c. 664-332 BC
Period: 26th-30th Dynasty, Late Period
Dimensions:
1.9 × 0.4 × 2.2 cm
Object number: 910.46.190
Not on view
Description

One of the most popular amulets known from ancient Egypt, the wadjet eye represents the healed eye of Horus, the falcon god. The Egyptian word wadjet means “one that is whole or sound (again)” and refers to a struggle between Horus and the god Seth where Horus first loses his eye and then regains it through the agency of Thoth. The wadjet eye thus has a regenerative and healing function and was commonly placed within mummy wrappings to help the deceased in the Afterlife. This Wadjet eye amulet is made of dark faience. The back and edges are smooth and shiny. This right eye amulet has been decorated with raised ridges indicating the outline of the eye, the cosmetic line, the teardrop and the curved tail of the falcon eye. The brow is decorated with incisions. A small suspension loop with three segments has been added at the top of the eye.

Collection:
Egypt
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