Faience (glazed composition)
H: 2.1 W: 2.3 D: 1.2 cm
Gift of Charles Lang Freer F1907.388
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.).