Amulet of the God Thoth as Ape with Wadjet-eye
The most common amulet is the eye of Horus, a human eye with the markings of a falcon's face. Mythology was central to ancient Egyptian magic, and this image is based on the myth of the destruction of one of the falcon-headed god Horus's eyes by the god Seth and its restoration to wholeness (wedja) by the god Thoth, a great magician, The wedjat-eye represented both wellbeing and the constantly renewed victory of the positive forces of the universe over evil or destructive forces.
- Medium: Faience, glazed
- Dates: ca. 664-30 B.C.E.
- Dynasty: XXVI Dynasty (probably)
- Period: Late Period to Ptolemaic Period
- Dimensions: 1 5/8 x 3/4 x 7/8 in. (4.1 x 1.9 x 2.2 cm) (show scale)
- Collections:Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
- Museum Location: This item is not on view
- Accession Number: 08.480.80
- Credit Line: Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
- Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
- Caption: Amulet of the God Thoth as Ape with Wadjet-eye, ca. 664-30 B.C.E. Faience, glazed, 1 5/8 x 3/4 x 7/8 in. (4.1 x 1.9 x 2.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 08.480.80. Creative Commons-BY
- Record Completeness: Good (71%)