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Amulet of the God Thoth as Ape 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.

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)
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
ACCESSION NUMBER 08.480.80
CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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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
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