Eye of Horus (wedjat) amulet

Egyptian
Late Period, Dynasty 25–30
760–332 B.C.


Findspot: Egypt, Giza, Pit G 7758 X, debris of pit itself

Dimensions

Width x Depth x Length: 4.4 x 0.5 x 5.2 cm (1 3/4 x 3/16 x 2 1/16 in.)

Accession Number

31.251

Medium or Technique

Faience

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Amulets

This yellow faience amulet is of an openwork wedjat eye and has a black glaze on the eyebrowns and pupils. The design is formed by four wedjat eyes connected by two columns, whose capitals are touching in center. The wedjat eye represents Horus’ left eye lost in battle and later restored magically by Hathor. The eye came to symbolize wholeness.

Provenance

From Giza, pit G 7758 X, debris of pit itself. 1931: Excavated by the Harvard University–Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of Egypt.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition