Ancient Egyptian Turquoise Faience Wedjat Amulet

$120.07

An ancient Egyptian turquoise faience amulet in the shape of ‘Wedjat Eye’, more commonly known as the ‘Eye of Horus’, featuring schematic linear carvings on both sides. The amulet is pierced horizontally for suspension.

Date: Circa 6th - 2nd Century BC
Period: Late Period
Provenance: Ex UK Collection, acquired 1920s-1940s.
Condition: Fine condition.

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The Egyptians wore amulets alongside other pieces of jewellery. They were decorative, but also served a practical purpose, being considered to bestow power and protection upon the wearer. Many of the amulets have been found inside the wrappings of mummies, as they were used to prepare the deceased for the afterlife.

Amulets held different meanings, depending on their type or form. Small amulets depicting gods and goddesses seem to have induced the protective powers of the deity. On the other hand, small representations of anatomical features or creatures suggest that the wearer required protection over a specific body part, or that he/she desired the skills of a particular animal. Amulets depicting animals were very common in the Old Kingdom Period, whilst representations of deities gained popularity in the Middle Kingdom.

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 0.98 g
Dimensions L 1.6 x W 1.1 cm
Culture

Egyptian Mythology

Faience

Region

Reference: For a similar item, please see The British Museum, accession number 9,9,86,84.m.

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