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The first use of the wedjat eye as an amulet was when Horus offered it to Osiris. It was so powerful that it restored him to life. The regenerative and protective powers of the amulet meant that it was placed among the wrappings of mummies in great numbers. It could even replace food offerings in rituals. It first appeared in the late Old Kingdom and was used until mummification was no longer practised, in the Roman Period (30 BC - AD 395)
Amulets were made from many different materials, but blue or green faience was the most common, as these colours symbolized regeneration to the ancient Egyptian. The wedjat eye was also worn by the living. Faience factories have been found at Tell el-Amarna, where rings with wedjat eye bezels were very popular among the inhabitants.
C.A.R. Andrews, Amulets of Ancient Egypt (London, The British Museum Press, 1994)
Third Intermediate Period
ca. 1070–664 B.C.
Country of Origin Egypt
5 x 6 cm (1 15/16 x 2 3/8 in.)
Purchase, Edward S. Harkness Gift, 1926