Mould-made amulet in glazed composition in the shape of a double-sided wedjat-eye; with well preserved ; right-facing side with pale blue glaze and raised outlines in added black glaze for brow, eye, pupil and falcon-markings; left-facing side taken from mould with shiny pale green glaze and traces of brown and red, decorated with standard wedjat-eye markings; pierced lengthwise; in light beige paste.
- Production date
- 6thC BC (maybe)
Height: 2.20 centimetres
Length: 2.90 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- In addition to scarabs which were mass-produced especially for export, wedjat eyes, mainly in glazed composition but also in hard stone, form the main type of amulets found at Naukratis. Amulet with universal power of protection (Germond 2005, 25), the wedjat eye, simple or multiple, is one of the most common amulet on settlements of the Late Period (Masson forthcoming).
For similar types of wedjat eye found in Naukratis, see: London, Petrie Museum UC52353, UC52394; Bristol, City Art Gallery & Museum H2009.5; Liverpool, World Museum 9,9,86,84.d (different colour of glaze).
Considering its context of discovery, it should be dated to the 26th dynasty. However, the registers of the Museum of Fine Arts tend to allocate the Scarab Factory as a findspot for not only scarabs, scaraboids and their moulds, but also all types of amulets from Naukratis. Caution is therefore required for the dating and the findspot. Let's note that the records written (or at least supervised by) Amelia Edwards mention the Scarab Factory as the findspot too.
Germond, P. 2005, Le monde symbolique des amulettes égyptiennes de la collection Jacques-Édouard Berger, Milan.
Masson, A. forthcoming, Le quartier des prêtres sur la rive est du Lac Sacré à Karnak.
- Not on display
- Rather fair
- Acquisition date
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: 86.800 (Accession Number)
Miscellaneous number: P.5206 (Pottery & Porcelain Ledger No.)