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Sacred Eye Udjat
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Sacred Eye Udjat


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Description The Udjat-eye (also called Horus-eye) was one of the most popular amulets in Ancient Egypt. The eye symbolizes legitimate kingship, it secures the life of the sun-god, and also of other deities, as well as human beings. In the Horus myth the eye was stolen from its legitimate owner Horus, by Seth, the god of the wild, powerful, and untamed nature. This violent act caused disorder in the universe, and the eye had to be brought back to reestablish order, and to heal in its place with Horus. As an amulet the Udjat-eye should secure life in this world and in the afterlife, protect health, and promote healing. The standardized form of the amulet combines the human eye with the cheek marking of a falcon and the tear marking of a cheetah. Besides the right Udjat-eye there is also a left version. While the right eye is connected with the sun, the left eye represents the moon. Most of the Udjat-eye amulets have a green-blue or red color; in this case different colors are combined to reflect the polychromy of life and nature.
Conservation
Date Description Narrative
11/20/1978Examinationexamined for condition
8/21/1998Examinationsurvey
Exhibitions
  • Jewelry - Ancient to Modern. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1979-1980.
  • 3000 Years of Glass: Treasures from The Walters Art Gallery. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1982.
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1929, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1929

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Period
ca. 945-525 BC (Third Intermediate-Late Period)
Medium
polychrome faience, glass
(Glasswares)
Accession Number
47.265
Measurements
H: 15/16 x W: 1 7/16 x D: 1/4 in. (2.33 x 3.63 x 0.63 cm)
Geographies
  • Egypt (Place of Origin)

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