|A large Egyptian green-faience wadjet eye, New Kingdom ca 1550 - 1069 BC.|
Finely formed, double sided with openwork around the pupil, featuring a thin eyebrow and pupil highlighted in a darker glaze and pierced horizontally through the center for attachment.
Background: The wedjat eye is perhaps the best known of all Egyptian protective amulets. The drop and spiral below the eye imitate the markings on a lanner falcon, the bird associated with the god Horus. During his contentions with his uncle Seth, Horus is said to have lost his left eye although later the goddess Hathor was able to restore it. The udjat or wadjet eye therefore came to symbolize the general process of "making whole" and healing. One of the most popular amulets, it also served as a metaphor for protection (against the evil eye), strength and perfection. Refer: C.A.R. Andrews, Amulets of Ancient Egypt (London, The British Museum Press, 1994)
|Location of Origin: Middle East / Western Asia / Northern Africa|
|Dimensions: Length 3.5 inches (8.9 centimeters), height 2.25 inches (5.7 centimeters)|
|Primary Classification: Ancient Art, Antiquities : Ancient Egyptian Art|
|Condition: Intact and in excellent condition overall; offered with museum quality custom mount.|
Literature: Carol Andrews, Amulets of Ancient Egypt (London, British Museum Press, 1994), p. 10, 43-44W. M. Flinders Petrie, Amulets, Illustrated by the Egyptian Collection in University College, London (London, Constable, 1914), p. 9, 32-34, pls. XXIV-XXVGeraldine Pinch, Magic in Ancient Egypt (London, British Museum Press, 1994), p. 109-110 and fig. 56.Claudia Müller-Winkler, Die ägyptischen Objekt-Amulette. Mit Publikation der Sammlung des Biblischen Instituts der Universität Freiburg, Schweiz, ehemals Sammlung Fouad S. Matouk (Orbis Biblicus et Orientalis, Series Archaeologica, 5) (Freiburg, Schweiz, Universitätsverlag; Göttingen,Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 1987), p. 86-177 for the wedjat amulet.G.A. Reisner, Amulets (Catalogue general des antiquités égyptiennes du Musée du Caire) (Le Caire, Institut français d’archéologie orientale, 1907), p. 84-86, nos. 5812-5826; pls. V-VI, nos. 5812, 5815, 5819, 5823, 5826
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