Amulet of a wadjet eye



Accession Number
W1226
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: 120mm | Width: 122mm | Depth: 15mm
Number of Elements
1
Culture
Egyptian

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Description

A wadjet eye amulet. The wadjet eye or 'Eye of Horus' was worn in life as well as death but plaques such as these were placed on mummies. 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. There is a missing chipped corner in the top left, and three holes are visible on remaining corners. There is also some damage to the bottom right corner. It was purchased by Wellcome at auction from William Moir Bryce collection.

Wellcome Number
A9246
Other Identity
27 (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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