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Eye of Horus (wedjat) amulet

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Faience amulet with bright blue-green glaze in the shape of the Eye of Horus (wedjat). The wedjat-eye was considered a potent symbol of protection and was one of the most frequently used forms for ancient Egyptian amulets of most time periods, in particular for amulets placed upon mummies.

Provenance

From Tanis (San el-Hagar), cemetery of Tel Snailin. 1884: excavated by William Flinders Petrie for the Egypt Exploration Fund; assigned to the Egypt Exploration Fund in the division of finds by the government of Egypt; October 28, 1885: presented to the MFA at EEF general meeting. (Accession Date: March 1, 1885)

Credit Line

Egypt Exploration Fund by subscription

Egyptian, Late Period, Dynasty 26–30, 664–332 B.C.

Findspot

Tanis (San el-Hagar), Egypt

Dimensions

Height x width: 4.5 x 5.2 cm (1 3/4 x 2 1/16 in.)

Accession Number

85.585

Medium or Technique

Faience

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets