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Wedjat Eye Amulet

Period:
Third Intermediate Period
Date:
ca. 1070–664 B.C.
Geography:
From Egypt
Medium:
Faience, aragonite
Dimensions:
L. 6.5 cm (2 9/16 in.)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Edward S. Harkness Gift, 1926
Accession Number:
26.7.1032
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 130
Wedjat eye amulets were among the most poular amulets of ancient Egypt. The wedjat eye represents the healed eye of the god Horus and embodies healing power as well as regeneration and protection in general. This eye here is an intriguing combination of the regular wedjat eye with a wing, two uraei, and a lion. This combination alludes to various ancient Egyptian stories that involve the eye of the sungod Re.
Formerly Carnarvon Collection, purchased by Lord Carnarvon (d. 1923) in Cairo. Carnarvon Collection purchased by the Museum from Lady Carnarvon, 1926.

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