Eye of Horus (wedjat) amulet

Egyptian


Findspot: Egypt, Giza, Debris on top of Mastaba G 7753

Dimensions

Height x length x thickness: 1.6 x 1.5 x 0.5 cm (5/8 x 9/16 x 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

29.2767.1

Medium or Technique

Faience

Not On View

Collections

Africa and Oceania, Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Amulets

This faience amulet is of a highly conventionalized wedjat eye and has a double eye back to back, pierced design. The wedjat eye represents Horus’ left eye lost in battle and later restored magically by Hathor. The eye came to symbolize wholeness.

Provenance

From Egypt, Giza, radim on top of Mastaba G 7753. 1929 : excavated by the Harvard University–Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Egypt.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition