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EA1420

An Egyptian Faience Wedjet Eye Amulet, Late Period ca 664 - 332 BC

Small, pale blue/green faience wedjet eye, the pupil and brow highlighted in black, pierced horizontally and set as a pendant charm of antique rose gold, ca 1890-1900.  

During his contentions with his uncle Seth, Horus is said to have lost his left eye although later the goddess Hathor was able to restore it. The udjat or wadjet eye therefore came to symbolize the general process of "making whole" and healing. One of the most popular amulets, it also served as a metaphor for protection (against the evil eye), strength and perfection.

Condition:   Intact and in very good condition overall, set as a pendant/charm in rose gold.

Dimensions:   Height: 0.34 inch (0.86 cm) 

Provenance:  Private Philadelphia collection, acquired in the 1920's and then by descent.

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