Amulet, wadjet eye - 910.46.334_1


Amulet, wadjet eye

Medium:Glazed composition (faience)
Geography: Undetermined site, Egypt
Date: c. 664-30 BC
Period: 26th Dynasty, Late Period to Ptolemaic Period
1.4 × 0.3 × 1.5 cm
Object number: 910.46.334
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 small Wadjet eye amulet is made of dull pale green faience. The back and edges are smooth. This right eye amulet has been decorated with raised ridging indicating the outline of the eye, the cosmetic line, the teardrop and the curved tail of the falcon eye. The brow is decorated with incised herring bone grooves. A small suspension loop with two segments has been added at the top of the eye.

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