Egyptian Faience Wedjat Eye Amulet


Egyptian Faience Wedjat Eye Amulet

An ancient Egyptian large light green faience amulet in the form of a wedjat eye with incised details. Set in a modern gold brooch.

Late Period, ca. 700 - 30 BC.
Length: 1 3/4 in. (4.4 cm).

The Wedjat eye represents the eye of the falcon god Horus which was plucked out by Seth and then later restored by Thoth. As an amulet it was thought to bring protection and reconstitution. The Wedjat is found on mummies more often than any other amulet, though it was also worn in life.

Cf. C. Andrews, Amulets of Ancient Egypt, (Texas, 1994), p. 44 ff.

Formerly in the collection of Armen Sarkisian, acquired in Egypt in the 1950s.

Inv#: 7605


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