of azure-glazed faience, a fine Eye of Horus (wedjat-eye) amulet with incised brow and detail, with contrasting pupil of dark pigment in raised relief. The amulet has been set in a sterling silver ring with Egyptian motifs on the side that display a stylized winged scarab flanking the ankh symbol of life.
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: The amulet is intact and in excellent condition overall, it has been mounted into a sterling silver ring that carries Egyptian hallmarking on the inside shank.
Dimensions: US ring size: 12
Provenance: Private West Virginia collection, acquired from the trade, further provenance unknown. However, the Egyptian silver hallmarking and fine workmanship of the ring clearly indicate an early 20th century date.