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Wedjat ring

Historical period(s)
Dynasty 18-19, New Kingdom, ca. 1539-1190 BCE
Faience (glazed composition)
2.1 x 2.3 x 1.2 cm
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
The wedjat eye is a symbol of the falcon-headed god Horus, who gave the eye to his father Osiris and by doing so brought him back to life. In another story, the eye of Horus was injured and the time required for it to heal was likened to the cycle of the moon. The symbol may be translated as "the whole or restored one."

This type of amulet would have been used both during life and in the tomb as a symbol of protection during life and rebirth after death. The wedjat eye occurs as an amulet as early as the Old Kingdom in various materials and was often painted on objects such as Middle Kingdom coffins. But openwork faience wedjat eye rings like this one are limited to the New Kingdom (ca. 1539–1075 B.C.E.), primarily to Dynasties 18 and 19 (ca. 1539–1190 B.C.E.).

To 1907
Unidentified owner, Egypt, to 1907 [1]

From 1907 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased in Egypt from an unidentified owner in 1907 [2]

From 1920
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [3]


[1] See Original Pottery List, L. 1875, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives.

[2] See note 1.

[3] The original deed of Charles Lang Freer's gift was signed in 1906. The collection was received in 1920 upon the completion of the Freer Gallery.

On View Location
Currently not on view
Egypt, Horus, New Kingdom (ca. 1539 - 1075 B.C.E.)
Collection(s) Area
Ancient Egyptian Art
Web Resource(s)
Google Cultural Institute

Rights Statement
Copyright with museum

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