Amulet in Egyptian blue in the shape of a one-sided right wedjat-eye within a rectangular frame; the form of the eye has been carved out from a rectangular plaque; detailing of eye and brow lightly incised; incised narrow band on the border of the frame, decorated with small squares; pierced lengthwise in upper part of amulet; dull intensive mid blue paste; complete, but surface quite damaged by small cracks.
- 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. A few wedjat eyes are made in Egyptian blue, such as this specimen. 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).
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 poor, surface worn and damaged
- Acquisition date
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: 86.799 (Accession Number)
Miscellaneous number: P.5204 (Pottery & Porcelain Ledger No.)
Miscellaneous number: RES.86.270 (Accession number)