Thoth with Wadjet-eye
Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
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.
Dynasty 26, or later
Late Period to Ptolemaic Period
1 5/8 x 3/4 x 7/8 in. (4.1 x 1.9 x 2.2 cm) (show scale)
Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
Small blue-green faience figure of a seated cynocephalus ape holding before him a small wd3t-eye. Small base, no inscription, loop on back.
Condition: In general good. Base chipped. Hands chipped. Fine workmanship.
This item is not on view
Thoth with Wadjet-eye, 664-30 B.C.E. Faience, 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 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 08.480.80_front_PS2.jpg)
front, 08.480.80_front_PS2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2006
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