Wedjat eye amulet

Period:
Late Period–Ptolemaic Period
Dynasty:
Dynasty 26–30
Date:
664–30 B.C.
Geography:
From Egypt
Medium:
Serpentinite (?)
Dimensions:
L. 1.6 × W. 1.6 cm (5/8 × 5/8 in.)
Credit Line:
Gift of Helen Miller Gould, 1910
Accession Number:
10.130.1886
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 130
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.
Formerly in the collection of the Reverend Chauncey Murch (died 1907). Collected between 1883 and 1906 while Murch was a missionary in Egypt. Collection purchased by the Museum from the Murch family with funds provided by Helen Miller Gould, 1910.