Lot 658: Egyptian Eye of Horus Amuletic Bead with Ankhs
December 7, 2016
Harwich, United KingdomLive Auction
Description: Late Period, 664-332 BC. A carved black jasper amuletic bead with bifacial decoration, to one side a finely carved wedjat, to the reverse three ankh symbols; pierced. 5.40 grams, 22mm (1"). From an early 20th century collection. The term 'Eye of Horus' is understood to refer to the moon, though this was later confused with the Eye of Ra and took on many solar connotations. The Eye of Horus fought the enemies of light and was itself seen as personifying fire. In chapter forty two of the Book of the Dead the text states that, 'I am one who is with the Sound Eye; even when closed I am in its protection'. The myth tells how the eye of Horus was lost in a battle against Seth and then recovered. It was this eye which was presented by Horus to his father Osiris, thereby helping him attain new life.
Condition Report: Very fine condition.