The dot-in-circle motif recalls designs presumed to be of magical significance, most likely an abstract eye to ward off the evil-eye, which serves an apotropaic function. Easily reproduced with a tool and visible in many cultures and times, this symbol may have lost its meaning, and become simply a decorative pattern, or may have one that we have not yet discovered
Egypt Exploration Fund, London (until 1897; gifted to MMA)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Metropolitan Museum of Art Egyptian Catalogue. New York, 1898. no. 2169.