Eye of Horus (wedjat) amulet

Egyptian
Late Period, Dynasty 26
688–664 B.C.


Findspot: Egypt, Ancient town near Tell Dafana

Dimensions

Height x width: 3.5 x 3.9 cm (1 3/8 x 1 9/16 in.)

Accession Number

87.617

Medium or Technique

Faience

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Amulets

Faience amulet with blue-green glaze in the shape of the Eye of Horus (wedjat), openwork withing rectangular frame. Eyebrow and pupil painted black; incised detailing especially in eye proper and eyelash.

The wedjat-eye was considered a potent symbol of protection and was one of the most frequently used forms for ancient Egyptian amulets of most time periods, in particular for amulets placed upon mummies.

Comprises as set with: 87.614-87.616, 87.618-87.624.

Provenance

From the ancient town near Tell Dafana (Daphnae). 1886: Excavated by William Matthew Flinders Petrie for the Egypt Exploration Fund; assigned to the Egypt Exploration Fund by the government of Egypt; 1887: given to the MFA by the Egypt Exploration Fund.
(Accession Date: June 24, 1887)

Credit Line

Egypt Exploration Fund by subscription