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Middle Eastern ➔ Amulet, Eye Of Horus

Identifier:
37163
Description:
Faience amulet of the Eye of Horus. There is a ring attached on top.

This faience is a glazed non-clay ceramic material and is composed mainly of quartz wih amounts of lime and natron or plant ash. The body could be coated with soda-lime silica glaze. By adding different metals (and their oxides) the appearance could change to a different color. Faience was used in ancient Egypt because of its' association with light and rebirth. The Eye of Horus was used as a protective amulet.

Amulets were used by ancient Egyptians to ward off evil and gain the protection of various gods. Each deity had its own area of protection, such as Taweret for fertility and childbirth, or Horus for the majesty of kingship. Abstract symbols like the wadj scepter represented the papyrus plant stem and  conveyed “eternal youth”, and the djed pillar symbolized “stability.”

Spells in the Book of the Dead and other Egyptian funerary texts told morticians where to place each amulet, what stone it should be made of, which spells to say over it, and what effect each amulet would have.
Date:
525 CE – 530 BCE
Materials:
Faience
Current Location Status:
On Exhibit
Exhibits/Programs
Mysteries of Egypt (November 21 1999 – March 26 2000)
Mysteries of Egypt was a traveling exhibit organized by the Canadian Museum of Civilization in the 1990s.  It featured authentic and reproduction artifacts from ancient Egypt.

Egypt (2015 – 2016)
GRPM produced Egypt exhibit