Egypt, Late Dynastic Period, 26th to 31st Dynasty, ca. 664 to 332 BCE. A rectangular and laterally-perforated ceramic bead with a flat bottom and a slight domed topside. The top depicts a finely-detailed image of a wedjat (or wadjet / Eye of Horus), an ancient and powerful hieroglyph symbolic of protection. The underside displays a series of incised zigzag and looped designs, all flanking a vertical and lateral braided cross. Beige in color, this is a wonderful illustration of one of the most ancient symbols in ancient Egyptian mythos. Size: 0.7" W (1.8 cm).
Provenance: private Orange County, California, USA collection, acquired before 2000
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