Amulet, wadjet eye - 910.46.193_1

910.46.193_1

Amulet, wadjet eye

Medium:Glazed composition (faience)
Geography: Undetermined site, Egypt
Date: c. 1069-664 BC
Period: 21st-25th Dynasty, 3rd Intermediate Period
Dimensions:
1.3 × 0.3 × 1.4 cm
Object number: 910.46.193
Not on view
DescriptionOne 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 is a tiny wadjet eye amulet made of turquoise blue faience. The surface is smooth and shiny. A black brow line has been added at the top of the amulet.  The eye has been outlined in black, including the cosmetic line to the back and the pupil of the eye. As well, the tear drop below the eye has been added in black. The back is flat; unusually the outlined eye with pupil and tear drop has been painted in black on the back. The amulet is pierced lengthwise under the brow for suspension.
Collection:
Egypt
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