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Egyptian Faience Amulet Wadjet Eye w/ Djed Pillar
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Egypt, Late Dynastic to Ptolemaic Period, ca. 664 to 30 BCE. A fascinating, mold-formed faience amulet enveloped in a navy-hued glaze and depicting a wadjet, also known as a wedjat or "Eye of Horus" - an ancient ocular symbol of protection - on one side and a hieroglyph of a djed pillar - a glyph denoting concepts of stability, endurance, and rejuvenation - with a serpent on the other. The eye components are finely incised on one of the sides and adorned with white inlays for the sclera, while the structure of a minimalist djed pillar is carved on the other. A suspension hole is perforated laterally through the amulet for suspension. Size: 0.5" L x 0.3" W (1.3 cm x 0.8 cm)

Symbolic of health, healing, and protection, the wadjet is one of the oldest symbols in Egyptian writing. In ancient Egyptian mythos, the falcon god Horus controlled the skies, the sun, and the moon. The sun (represented as the right eye of Horus) rose each day and gave life-giving energy to the crops and gods alike; when the sun set, the moon (represented as the left eye of Horus) rose over the land and provided a guiding path to the afterlife for the recently deceased.

Also one of the most ancient symbols in Egyptian culture, the djed pillar has a myriad of incredibly diverse interpretations. According to contributing writer Terence DuQuesne, "The djed pillar is one of the most important symbols of Osiris, lord of the netherworld, protector of the justified soul, and judge of the dead. Osiris is also a deity of plant fertility, and the pillar may be a schematic representation of a sacred tree, though the fact that early examples are made of ivory militates against this theory. Alternatively, it could represent a pole to which sheaves of grain were attached." (Hornung, Erik and Betsy M. Bryan, eds. "The Quest for Immortality: Treasures of Ancient Egypt." National Gallery of Art, Washington, 2002, p. 111)

Provenance: private Toronto, Ontario, Canada collection, by descent, acquired in Egypt in 1894 to 1896

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Display stands not described as included/custom in the item description are for photography purposes only and will not be included with the item upon shipping.

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Condition
Wearable as a bead or pendant. Loss to pigment of white inlays. Expected abrasions, commensurate with age. Otherwise, intact and excellent.
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Egyptian Faience Amulet Wadjet Eye w/ Djed Pillar

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0001A: Egyptian Faience Amulet Wadjet Eye w/ Djed Pillar

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Egypt, Late Dynastic to Ptolemaic Period, ca. 664 to 30 BCE. A fascinating, mold-formed faience amulet enveloped in a navy-hued glaze and depicting a wadjet, also known as a wedjat or "Eye of Horus" - an ancient ocular symbol of protection - on one side and a hieroglyph of a djed pillar - a glyph denoting concepts of stability, endurance, and rejuvenation - with a serpent on the other. The eye components are finely incised on one of the sides and adorned with white inlays for the sclera, while the structure of a minimalist djed pillar is carved on the other. A suspension hole is perforated laterally through the amulet for suspension. Size: 0.5" L x 0.3" W (1.3 cm x 0.8 cm)

Symbolic of health, healing, and protection, the wadjet is one of the oldest symbols in Egyptian writing. In ancient Egyptian mythos, the falcon god Horus controlled the skies, the sun, and the moon. The sun (represented as the right eye of Horus) rose each day and gave life-giving energy to the crops and gods alike; when the sun set, the moon (represented as the left eye of Horus) rose over the land and provided a guiding path to the afterlife for the recently deceased.

Also one of the most ancient symbols in Egyptian culture, the djed pillar has a myriad of incredibly diverse interpretations. According to contributing writer Terence DuQuesne, "The djed pillar is one of the most important symbols of Osiris, lord of the netherworld, protector of the justified soul, and judge of the dead. Osiris is also a deity of plant fertility, and the pillar may be a schematic representation of a sacred tree, though the fact that early examples are made of ivory militates against this theory. Alternatively, it could represent a pole to which sheaves of grain were attached." (Hornung, Erik and Betsy M. Bryan, eds. "The Quest for Immortality: Treasures of Ancient Egypt." National Gallery of Art, Washington, 2002, p. 111)

Provenance: private Toronto, Ontario, Canada collection, by descent, acquired in Egypt in 1894 to 1896

All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back.

A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to recent increases of shipments being seized by Australian & German customs (even for items with pre-UNESCO provenance), we will no longer ship most antiquities and ancient Chinese art to Australia & Germany. For categories of items that are acceptable to ship to Australia or Germany, please contact us directly or work with your local customs brokerage firm.

Display stands not described as included/custom in the item description are for photography purposes only and will not be included with the item upon shipping.

#167147
Condition
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Wearable as a bead or pendant. Loss to pigment of white inlays. Expected abrasions, commensurate with age. Otherwise, intact and excellent.

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