Egyptian Wedjat Eye Pendant with Uraeus

$1,492.74

An Egyptian turquoise faience wedjat eye, or Eye of Horus set in a modern gold frame with Uraeus symbol. The eye itself features an openwork almond-shaped exterior, with moulded lines indicates the eyebrows and cheek marking. A moulded linear elongation extends from the corner of the eye diagonally and ends in a slight curl. The amulet combines elements of both human and falcon ocular imagery. The eye is attached to a gold metal frame which further extends the outline of the wedjat eye with openwork detailing of the eyebrows, cheek marking and diagonal curl. There is a further upreared cobra – the uraeus, with a sun disc on its head in front of the eye.  At the back of the frame is a cylindrical suspension loop.

Date: Circa 1550 - 1070 BC
Period: New Kingdom
Provenance: The property of a deceased female collector, UK, bought from the 1930’s-70s.
Condition: Very fine condition. There is a chip in the front corner of the faience wedjat.

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The wedjat, as the Eye of Horus, is one of the most popular amulets of ancient Egypt. The amulet combines elements of both human and falcon ocular imagery, as Horus was often depicted as a falcon. Its name comes from the ancient Egyptian ‘wḏꜣt’, meaning “the one that is complete”. The wedjat was higely apotropaic and associated with a number of Egytian myths. The eye depicted could be either left or right, representing different imagery. Horus’ left eye was the sun and the right eye was considered the moon. In one creation myth, Horus’ eye was injured or stolen by the god Seth and then restored by Thoth. Hence the wedjat eye was thought to possess healing powers and symbolise regeneration. This healing and regenerative association is further enhanced by the properties of the lunar eye of Horus. As it waxes and wanes like the moon, it is thought to bring health and safety to its wearer. In another myth, Horus presents his healed eye to his father Osiris, to help him pass safely into his afterlife. Hence wedjat eye amulets were commonly placed within mummy wrappings to help the dead to help them pass safely into the afterlife.

From New Kingdom onwards, a uraeus could appear at the front of the eye. Cobras are also associated with the Eye of Ra and the shedding of snake skin was also considered a symbol of regeneration. Hence the combination may further enhance the solar and regenerative qualities of the wedjat eye.

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

Weight 9.69 g
Dimensions L 2.5 x W 2.1 cm
Culture

Egyptian Mythology

Faience

Metal

Region

Reference: For a similar wedjat, National Museums Liverpool, Liverpool, item 56.21.934, and for a similar iconography of the wedjat with uraeus, The British Museum, London, item EA29040

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