Selection of Egyptian Faience Eye of Horus Amulets


A selection of finely detailed ancient Egyptian, small faience wedjat amulets, more commonly known as the Eye of Horus. The amulets resemble a stylised eye; the shape conveying the familiar form of the wedjat symbol. Both eyes include an extended eyebrow. 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 amulets are 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.
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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.

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: Ancient Egyptian Gods.

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Reference: For a similar item, National Museums Liverpool, item M11927g

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