Udjat Eye Mold



Udjat Eye Mold


mold (shaping tool)


after 1539 BC


New Kingdom or later


2 3/16 x 1 7/8 in. (5.5 x 4.7 cm)

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Amulets in faience were produced in great multiples for burials. The faience was formed in open-faced pottery molds and, when dry, removed and fired. The transformation of the powdery white raw material into the glistening, bright blue faience must have made the charm seem even more magical.

The udjat eye, or the eye of Horus, was one of the most potent of all Egyptian symbols. It represents the eye of the falcon-headed god who lost it fighting to avenge the death of his father, Osiris. According to the myth, the eye was magically healed by the god Thoth, and so came to be associated with miraculous restorative power.

Credit Line

Collected by William A. Shelton, funded by John A. Manget


Monuments and Mummies: The Shelton Expedition, The Emory University Museum of Art and Archaeology, February 8 - June 25, 1989|
Daily Life in Ancient Egypt, Lousiana Arts and Science Center, September 10, 1991 - April 30, 1992|
MCCM Permanent Collection Gallery, 2001- March 30, 2015
Peter Lacovara and Betsy Teasley Trope, The Realm of Osiris (Atlanta: Michael C. Carlos Museum 2001), 60.


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“Udjat Eye Mold,” Michael C. Carlos Museum Collections Online, accessed October 23, 2018, http://carlos.digitalscholarship.emory.edu/items/show/7661.

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