Eye of Horus (wedjat) amulet

Egyptian
Late Period, Dynasty 26, reign of Amasis
570–526 B.C.


Findspot: Egypt, Giza, Pit G 7757 A, room IV

Dimensions

Overall: 0.8 x 1 cm (5/16 x 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

29.2733

Medium or Technique

Gold Foil

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Amulets

This gold foil amulet is of a wedjat eye and has lightly incised 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, Pit G 7757 A, (tomb of Kheperre) room IV. 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