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

EA1610

a pale green faience wedjet eye with incised pupil and brow, pierced horizontally for attachment.

Background: The wedjat-eye amulet represents a human eye with its brow, but the two lines below the eye are often identified as the facial markings of a falcon. The wedjet-eye was supposedly the eye that Seth tore from Horus during a battle over who would lead the gods. Thoth healed the injured eye, returning it to Horus as the "sound one." Wedjat-eye amulets were used from the Old Kingdom through the Roman Period and whether worn as a bracelet for everyday wear or tucked among mummy wrappings, this amulet was an effective source of protection, strength and perfection.

Dimensions: Length: 1.18 inches (3 cm)

Condition: Small loss to the front otherwise intact and in very good condition overall

Provenance: Schezen private collection, Miami, FL acquired from Royal Athena Galleries NYC April 13, 1994.


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