Amulet, wadjet eye - 910.46.196_1


Amulet, wadjet eye

Medium:Glazed composition (faience)
Geography: Undetermined site, Egypt
Date: c. 1069-664 BC
Period: 21st-25th Dynasty, 3rd Intermediate Period
1.6 × 0.4 × 1.6 cm
Object number: 910.46.196
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 made of turquoise faience. The surface and edges are smooth. A black brow line has been added across the top of the amulet. The interior eye area is slightly recessed, but the outline of the eye as well as the pupil of the eye are raised and painted black. The back is flat and undecorated. The amulet is pierced lengthwise under the brow for suspension.

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