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Wedjat Eye Amulet

Period:
Late Old Kingdom–Early Middle Kingdom
Dynasty:
Dynasty 8–12
Date:
ca. 2150–1950 B.C.
Geography:
From Egypt; Said to be from Southern Upper Egypt, Aswan (Syene)
Medium:
Carnelian
Dimensions:
W. 1.8 cm
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1959
Accession Number:
59.103.11
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 103
One of the most popular amulets in ancient Egypt, the wedjat eye represents the healed eye of the god Horus. It depicts a combination of a human and a falcon eye, since Horus was often associated with a falcon. Its ancient Egyptian name, wedjat, means "the one that is sound (again)." In Egyptian mythology Horus’ eye was injured or stolen by the god Seth and then restored by Thoth. The wedjat eye embodies healing power and symbolizes rebirth. An amulet in this shape was thought to protect its wearer and to transfer the power of regeneration onto him or her. It was used by the living as well as for the dead. This wedjat eye can be dated to the late Old Kingdom to early Middle Kingdom due to its shape.
Purchased by the Museum from E. Nassar, 1959.

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