Necklace with wedjat and Bes amulets

Glencairn Museum

Glencairn Museum
Bryn Athyn, United States

“The most popular of all Egyptian amulets was the wedjat eye, which was worn to promote health and well-being. Its origin is rooted in the struggle between Horus, who was the rightful heir to the throne of Osiris, his father, and Horus’s jealous uncle, Seth, who murdered Osiris. During these battles, Horus’s eye was injured and was restored to health by means of magic. In addition to appearing in full form on amulets, images of Bes heads were also popular from the Third Intermediate Period on. These amulets were worn during life as protection for women and children.” (Jennifer Wegner, label text, “Sacred Adornment: Jewelry as Belief in Ancient Egypt”)


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