SELECTION OF HARDSTONE WEDJAT EYES

 

£100.00/each

Measurements: item A: 1.9 cm − height, 2.1 cm − length, item B: 1.8 cm − height, 2.2 cm − length

 

Description: A selection of two unworked hardstone Wedjat eyes. Item A is made of obsidian with a protrusion on top, however, it was left unfinished. Therefore, the item does not have a suspension loop. Obsidian itself is the rock formed as a result of quickly cooled lava. Ancient Egyptians used obsidian imported from the eastern Mediterranean and southern Red Sea. Item B is carved out of lapis lazuli with a ribbed and pierced suspension loop, left unpolished. Ancient Egyptians obtained this rare semi-precious stone through trade from Afghanistan. It was a favourite stone for amulets and ornaments such as Wedjat eyes and scarabs. In Egyptian mythology Horus's eye was injured or stolen by the god Seth and then restored by Thoth. These Wedjat eyes are a thus symbol of restoration, healing, sacrifice and protection. Amulets in the shape of the eye of Horus were very popular in ancient Egypt for thousand of years, from the Old Kingdom to Roman times. The price is per individual item. Please e-mail with the letter of your preferential Wedjat eye prior to purchase.

 

Reference: The Metropolitan Museum of Art

National Museums Liverpool

 

Period: Third Intermediate Period (1070-664 BC) to Late Period (664-332 BC)

 

Condition: Item A is very fine, intact, with minor chipping and minor encrustations. Item B is fine and intact.

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