Pair of Egyptian Glass Eyes

£ 1,475.00

A pair of Egyptian eye inlays from a mummy case produced from glass featuring deep brown irises and black pupils. The almond shaped alabaster sclerae are framed by blue glass forming extended cosmetic lines. Repairs and slight cracks across the blue glass, earthly encrustation to the surface.

Date: 332-30 BC
Period: Ptolemaic Period
Provenance: French collection, 1960s-early 2000s.From an important Paris gallery, France with Jean-Marc Delvaux SVV, 15 December 2017, lot 274.
Condition: Fine condition, mounted on a custom-made stand with the original Delvaux label. Length of the actual eyes 4cm with the width 1.6cm.


SKU: LD-473 Category: Tag:

Egyptian mummy masks were used as protection over the deceased and were first introduced during the First Intermediate Period. The eyes themselves were thought to fend off evil. It was believed that the evil would be reflected off the eye back into the one bestowing it. Closely linked is the eye of Horus. Horus was one of the most significant Ancient Egyptian deities, most commonly depicted with the head of a falcon, and the body of a man. He was a sun and moon deity, with his right eye thought to represent the sun and the left 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. For this reason, it was often worn or hung on the deceased at burial. This symbol was highly influential in Egyptian life, with ancient sailors painting the image on the bow of their vessels to ward off evil.

To find out more about Ancient Egyptian amulets please see our relevant blog post: Egyptian Amulets and their Meanings.

Weight 1299.5 g
Dimensions W 14.5 x H 35 cm




Reference: For a similar item,Museum of Fine Arts Boston, item 57.519