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A large Egyptian Faience Wedjat Eye Amulet, Late Period, ca 664 - 332 BC

PB-EA008

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 wedjat 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. Mounted on a custom stand, a good, large example.

Dimensions: Height: 1.5 inches (3.81 cm)

Provenance: Private NY collection, acquired from Bonhams, London in 1998, thereafter private Virginia collection.

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