Egyptian Turquoise Faience Wedjat Amulet

£ 395.00

A large Egyptian amulet formed into a wedjat and made from turquoise faience. The amulet resembles a stylised eye; the shape conveying the familiar forms of the wedjat symbol. Typically, the Eye includes an extended eyebrow, decorated with hatched detailing. The outward corner of the eye also extends, echoing the length of the brow. A cheek marking extends vertically, incised with linear grooves, from the pupil. A diagonal line protrudes from the cheek marking, curling outwards and ending in a spiral. The amulet has been decorated on one sides and is pierced horizontally for suspension.

Date: Circa 664 - 332 BC
Period: Late Period
Provenance: The property of a deceased female collector, UK, bought from the 1930’s-70s. Acquired by Ancient Art in 2024.
Condition: Excellent. Details still clearly defined. Loss of vibrant glaze.
Product Code: ES-188
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Horus was one of the most significant Ancient Egyptian deities. He is most commonly depicted with the head of a falcon, and the body of a man. Horus was a sun and moon deity, and it was said that his right eye was the sun, and the left was the moon. The eye of Horus, also known as ‘Wedjat’, was an ancient symbol of protection, particularly for the afterlife, and was also used to deflect evil. It was highly influential in Egyptian life, with ancient sailors painting the image on the bow of their vessels to ward off evil.

There are six key parts to the Eye of Horus and each has its own value: the eyebrow represents thought; the pupil stands for sight; the triangle between the pupil and the white of the eye is hearing, whereas the white of the eye is smell; the spiral curve, or tail, represents taste; and the teardrop is touch.

Amulets in this shape were very popular in ancient Egypt, 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.

To discover more about amulets in the Ancient Egyptian world, please visit our relevant post: Amulets in Ancient Egypt.

Weight 3.19 g
Dimensions W 2.9 x H 2 cm
Egyptian Mythology



Turquoise Faience


North Africa

Reference: For similar: The British Museum, London, item EA7183

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