Egyptian Faience Wedjat Amulet

$96.46

A finely modelled eye of Horus made from vibrant green faience. The almond shaped eye has been depicted and incised lines decorate the eyebrow. The amulet has been pierced for suspension and carved to both sides. The bright green faience is typical of such amulets, the colour associated with rebirth and regeneration. The style of this wedjat amulet is typical of the New Kingdom Period, where the spiral element sits directly underneath the cosmetic line.

Date: Circa 1390–1353 BC
Period: New Kingdom Period, Dynasty 18
Condition: Excellent

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The wedjat amulet, also known as the Eye of Horus, was one of the most popular amulets in ancient Egypt. It depicts both the human and falcon eye of Horus, who was often represented as a falcon. 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.

There are six key parts, relating to the senses, 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.

To discover more about amulets in ancient Egypt, please visit our relevant blog post: Egyptian Amulets and their Meanings.

Weight 0.3 g
Dimensions L 1 x W 0.8 cm
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Reference: For similar: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, item 11.215.139