Measurements: 1.2 cm − height, 1.5 cm − width


Description: A deep blue faience Wedjat eye of Horus, worked on both sides with finely incised details and pierced longitudinally for suspension. This dark blue hue of the faience imitates lapis lazuli, a far more expensive material. In ancient Egypt, lapis lazuli was a favourite semi-precious stone used for amulets 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 thus a symbol of restoration, healing, sacrifice and protection. Additionally, Horus was considered the counterpart of the living pharaoh, since the god was one of the principal and most powerful gods in Egyptian religion. Amulets in the shape of the eye were very popular in ancient Egypt for thousand of years, from the Old Kingdom to Roman times. They were worn by the living and also buried with the dead, as their apotropaic significance suited both.


Reference: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston


Period: Third Intermediate Period, 1070-664 BC


Condition: Very fine, intact, finely detailed, minor encrustations over the whole.

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