Egyptian Black Hardstone Eye of Horus Amulet

£ 200.00

An Ancient Egyptian amulet modelled in the shape of the Eye of Horus and finely carved from lustrous dark hardstone. The amulet features a ribbed loop on the top to allow suspension.

Date: Circa 664-332 BC
Period: Late Period–Ptolemaic Period
Condition: Fine, the reverse features a collection mark from the previous owner.
Product Code: ES-108
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The Eye of Horus, also knowns as Wedjat, is one of the most recognizable and powerful symbols from Ancient Egypt, depicting a combination of a human and a falcon eye, since the god Horus was associated with a falcon. It was believed to have healing and protective power and was used as a protective amulet. Amulets in this shape were very popular in ancient Egypt for thousands 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.

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

Dimensions H 1.7 cm
Region

North Africa

Egyptian Mythology

Horus

Semi-Precious Stone

Hard Stone

Reference: For a similar item, The Metropolitan Museum, item 04.2.395.

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