Amulet, wadjet eye - 995x2.69_1


Amulet, wadjet eye

Medium:Glazed composition (faience)
Geography: Undetermined site, Egypt
Date: c. 1069-664 BC
Period: 21st-25th Dynasty, 3rd Intermediate Period
1.2 × 0.8 × 0.2 cm
Object number: 995X2.69
Not on view

The wadjet eye, or eye of Horus, is one of the most common amulets known from ancient Egypt.  It is associated with the moon as it waxes and wanes, so the wadjet eye is the "eye of completion” thought to bring wholeness and health to its owner.  The 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 green faience, a common type from the early 3rd Intermediate Period. The surface and edges are smooth. A black brow line has been added, as well as a black dot to mark the pupil of the eye. The back is flat and undecorated. The amulet is pierced lengthwise for suspension.

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