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Amulet: Wedjat Eye

Location

EGYPT

Era

Late Period, 26th Dynasty (665-525 B.C.E.)

Title

Amulet: Wedjat Eye

Materials

Faience

Dimensions

2.9 x 3.3 x 0.5 cm

Credits

Gift of Mrs. J. Douglas Morgan, inv. 1921.B.1

Collection

Archeology and World Cultures

A symbol of physical wholeness, the wedjat eye represents the eye that Seth tore out of Horus during their confrontation. Seth cut up the eye into six pieces, which myths and rituals would incessantly put back together. In the everyday lives of Egyptians, the wedjat eye referred to the lunar cycle and the return of the full moon, when all the pieces were finally reunited.

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