An Egyptian Faience Wedjet Eye Amulet, Late Period, ca. 664 - 332 BCE
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Of blue-green faience, single-sided with incised brow, the pupil contrasted in brown pigment, 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: 2.6 cm (1.02 inches)
Condition: Missing teardrop, with scattered mineral deposits. Finely rendered.
Provenance: RDA private collection, acquired from the NY trade as part of a collection assembled in the 1970's and 1980's.