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EA1508

An Egyptian faience Udjat eye amulet, Late Period, Dynasty 26, ca. 664-525 B.C.

single sided, blue/green glazed faience Eye of Horus (wedjat-eye) amulet.  The pupil and brow are detailed in dark brown glaze.

Background: 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:  Minor chips to the inlay that do not detract, otherwise intact and in excellent condition.  A good, large example.

Dimensions:Length: 1.5 inches (3.81 cm)

Provenance:  Museum deaccession, catalogue number: L1998.062.100.  Museum label will accompany object.

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