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Eye of Horus (wedjat) plaque

Plaque decorated with an incised wedjat eye, used to cover the embalmer's incision on the mummy. This plaque retains traces of the original linen of the mummy wrappings. Sealed with dessicating silica gel.

Provenance

By 1836: Robert Hay Collection, Linplum, Scotland; 1863: to his son, Robert James Alexander Hay; 1868-1872: Way Collection, Boston (purchased by Samuel A. Way through London dealers Rollin and Feuardent, 27 Haymarket); 1872: given to the MFA by Samuel's son, C. Granville Way

Credit Line

Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way

Egyptian, Third Intermediate Period or later, 1075 B.C., or later

Accession Number

72.4465

Medium or Technique

Lead and tin

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets