- Historical period(s)
- Dynasty 18-19, New Kingdom, ca. 1539-1190 BCE
- Faience (glazed composition)
- H x W x D: 2.1 x 2.3 x 1.2 cm (13/16 x 7/8 x 1/2 in)
- 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. 15391075 B.C.E.), primarily to Dynasties 18 and 19 (ca. 15391190 B.C.E.).
Unidentified owner, Egypt, to 1907 
From 1907 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased in Egypt from an unidentified owner in 1907 
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 
 See Original Pottery List, L. 1875, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives.
 See note 1.
 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.
- Former owner
- Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919)
- On View Location
- Currently not on view
- Collection(s) Area
- Ancient Egyptian Art
- Web Resource(s)
- Google Cultural Institute
- Rights Statement
- Copyright with museum