Amulet, wadjet eye - 910.46.212_1


Amulet, wadjet eye

Medium:Glazed composition (faience)
Geography: Undetermined site, Egypt
Date: c. 1069-664 BC
Period: 21st-25th Dynasty, 3rd Intermediate Period
2 × 0.2 × 2.5 cm
Object number: 910.46.212
Not on view

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 decorated on both sides, so represents both the left lunar eye of Horus and the rights solar eye of the sun god Ra. The turquoise faience was originally bright and shiny, however now the surface is much abraded and discoloured. The amulet has been decorated on each side with raised ridges indicating the outline of the eye, cosmetic line, tear drop and curved tail of the falcon eye. There are vertical ridges on the tear drop.  A black brow line has been added at the top of the amulet. The interior eye area behind the pupil is pierced through. The pupil on both sides was painted black. The amulet is pierced lengthwise through the pupil for suspension.

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