Eye of Horus (wedjat) amulet

Egyptian


Findspot: Egypt, Giza, Debris from chamber of rock tomb G 7813 Z

Dimensions

Overall: 1.5 x 2 x 0.5 cm (9/16 x 13/16 x 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

31.1856

Medium or Technique

Faience

Not On View

Collections

Africa and Oceania, Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Amulets

This faience amulet is of a wedjat eye and has a faded blue green glaze. One side of the eye is incised and the other one is in relief. 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, Debris from chamber of rock tomb G 7813 Z. 1931 : 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