Amulet, wadjet eye - 910.46.220_1


Amulet, wadjet eye

Medium:Glazed composition (faience)
Geography: Undetermined site, Egypt
Date: c. 1069 - 664 BC
Period: 21st-25th Dynasty, Third Intermediate Period
0.8 × 0.3 × 1.3 cm
Object number: 910.46.220
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 in which 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, crudely executed Wadjet eye amulet is made of worn pale yellow-brown faience. The back and edges are shiny and smooth.This right eye amulet has been decorated with raised ridging indicating the brow, outline of the eye and pupil, the cosmetic line, the teardrop and the curved tail of the falcon eye. The amulet is perforated horizontally above the eye for suspension. The back appears to be decorated, as though, perhaps, it was made in a two-sided mould.  The tear-drop is broken off.

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