Amulet, wadjet eye - 926.58.25_1


Amulet, wadjet eye

Medium:Glazed composition (faience)
Geography: Excavated at Abydos, Egypt
Date: c. 1069-664 BC
Period: 21st-25th Dynasty, 3rd Intermediate Period
1.43 × 0.9 × 0.3 cm
Object number: 926.58.25
Credit Line: Gift of Sir Robert Mond
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 right solar eye of the sun god Ra. It is made of pale green faience. The left eye seems to be the primary side; the eyeball, cosmetic line, brow, teardrop and tail are indicated in raised relief.  The teardrop is broken off, but originally had four vertical lines. The right eye appears to be the back and does not mirror the other side; the eye is not as finely drawn. The outline of the eye, cosmetic line and brow are raised and painted black. The image of the eyeball is extremely faint. The teardrop is entirely missing. The amulet is pierced through the brow for suspension.

Object History: Excavated by the Egypt Exploration Society, 1926
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