Egyptian green faience “udyat” amulet, 3th Intermediate Period, 21th-25th dinasty, 1069-664 B.C.

This small amulet made in blue fayenza represents the "udyat", known as the Eye of Horus, the most powerful protective amulet that accompanied the Egyptians as a symbol of health and prosperity. Its shape is that of an eye that is part human and part hawk, being in this case the four-eyes combination. It consists of a transverse hole that would be used to introduce a cord and thus be able to take it as a protective necklace. The story of this symbol is linked to Egyptian mythology according to which Horus lost his eye fighting his uncle Seth in the struggle to regain the throne of Egypt. However, the god of science and magic, Thoth, found the eye pieces and recomposed them so that Horus could offer them to Osiris to eat and he could resurrect. The amulets were used in ancient Egypt not only to protect the living from diseases and curses, but also were placed on the dead to protect them from evil spirits.


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