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An Egyptian Carnelian Wedjet Eye Amulet, New Kingdom, ca. 1550 - 1295 BC

EA1913

A very finely rendered example of beautiful carnelian, double-sided, all features rendered in high relief.

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: 1.5 cm (0.59 inches)

Condition: Intact and in good condition overall

Provenance: Private English collection, acquired between 1970 – 2012.


Type: Archive

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