Late Period, c. 663-323 BC. Egyptian. Blue glazed faience amulet of the Eye of Horus. Black glaze over the eyebrow and the large pupil, with a plain blue surface elsewhere and no distinction between the eye itself and the surrounding negative space. The back does not contain detail. The Eye of Horus, said to be torn out by his uncle Seth during an ambush and replaced by the loving Hathor, was a symbol associated with protection from all sorts of bad forces. Versions without suspension holes were often placed within the bandages of mummies to magically safeguard the body.
Size: L:25mm / W:29mm ; 5g
Provenance: From a private London collection; acquired on the UK art market in the 1960s/70s.