Plaque of a wadjet eye



Accession Number
W1225
Current Location
House of Life (first floor), Maths and writing case, Maths
Object Type
Jewellery, Amulet
Periods
Third Intermediate Period to Late Period
Material
Faience
Measurements
Height: 108mm | Width: 115mm | Depth: 15mm
Number of Elements
1
Culture
Egyptian

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Description

A chipped faience square plaque showing a wadjet eye. Perforations are visible on the right-hand edge. The wadjet eye or 'Eye of Horus' was worn in life as well as death. This example would have been placed on a mummy, probably over the embalming incision. Egyptian religion told a story of how Seth took out Horus's eye and how it was restored and healed by Hathor/Thoth. The eye was therefore a symbol of completeness. This piece is probably from the collection of William Moir Bryce sold at auction 21.7.1920.

Wellcome Number
A9245
Other Identity
57 (written on a white label on the reverse)
Auction
Sotheby, Wilkinson, & Hodge: 21–23 July 1920, Lot 25
Previous Owners
Dr. William Moir Bryce (1842–1919) | Sir Henry Solomon Wellcome (1853–1936)
Acquisition
Long-term loan, The Wellcome Trust (15 Feb 1971)
Last modified: 25 Jun 2022

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