Amulet, wadjet eye - 995x2.59_1


Amulet, wadjet eye

Medium:Glazed composition (faience)
Geography: Undetermined site, Egypt
Date: c. 1069-664 BC
Period: 21st-25th Dynasty, 3rd Intermediate Period
1.5 × 1.7 × 0.5 cm
Object number: 995X2.59
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 Wadjet eye amulet is made of dull green faience. The surface and edges are smooth. The edges of the eye, and brow  are in raised relief and painted black.  A black brow line has been added at the top of the amulet. The back is flat and undecorated. The amulet is pierced horizontally through the centre of the eye for suspension.
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