Eye of Horus (wedjat) amulet
Late Period, Dynasty 26
Findspot: Egypt, Ancient town near Tell Dafana
Height x width: 3.5 x 3.9 cm (1 3/8 x 1 9/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
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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.
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)
Egypt Exploration Fund by subscription