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Glazed Faience Wedjat Eye
Glazed Faience Wedjat Eye

Glazed Faience Wedjat Eye

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A glazed turquoise faience Wedjat eye, decorated on one side and with a large hole pierced through the piece longitudinally for suspension. The eyeball has been rendered in black pigment. In Egyptian mythology Horus’s eye was injured or stolen by the god Seth and then restored by Thoth. These Wedjat eyes are a thus symbol of restoration, healing, sacrifice and protection. Additionally, Horus was considered the counterpart of the living pharaoh, since the god was one of the principal and most powerful gods in Egyptian religion. Amulets in the shape of the eye were very popular in ancient Egypt for thousand of years, from the Old Kingdom to Roman times. They were worn by the living and also buried with the dead, as their apotropaic significance suited both. The back of the amulet is plain. Suitable for modern wear.
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