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Wedjat Eye Amulet

Period:
Late Period
Dynasty:
Dynasty 26–29
Date:
664–380 B.C.
Geography:
From Egypt
Medium:
Gold
Dimensions:
H. 3.2 cm (1 1/4 in); w. 3.7 cm (1 7/16 in); th. 0.4 cm ( 3/16 in.)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1923
Accession Number:
23.2.68
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 127
The wedjat-eye amulet represents a human eye with its brow, but the two lines below the eye are often identified as the facial markings of a falcon. The wedjat-eye was supposedly the eye that Seth tore from Horus during a battle over who would lead the gods. Thoth healed the injured eye, returning it to Horus as the "sound one." Wedjat-eye amulets were used from the Old Kingdom through the Roman Period and whether worn as a bracelet for everyday wear or tucked among mummy wrappings, this amulet was effective source of protection, strength and perfection.
Purchased in Cairo from Panayotis Kitycas, 1923

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