Eye of Horus (wedjat) amulets

Nubian
Napatan Period, reign of Shabaka
713–698 B.C.


Object Place: Sudan, Nubia

Dimensions

Height x width x depth: 1.0 x 1.4 x 0.4 cm (3/8 x 9/16 x 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

21.357

Medium or Technique

Gold

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Amulets

These beads, in the form of wedjat-eyes, have widthwise borings. Found in the tomb of King Shabaqa, they are probably part of a necklace and were complemented by two additional eyes of silver. (Sudan catalogue)

Body. Sacred eyes - single. Five of sheet gold, hollow, with details in relief, and with longitudinal hole for stringing. Two of silver exactly like the gold ones. (Card)

Provenance

From el-Kurru, Tomb 15, in robber's debris of Chambers A and B. March, 1919: excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; 1921: assigned to the MFA by the government of the Sudan.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition