Eye of Ra Horus Lasercut inlaid pendant
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The Eye of Ra is an ancient Egyptian symbol of protection, royal power and good health. The eye is personified in the goddess Wadjet, the protector of divine royalty. It is also known as ''Eye of Horus''.
The eye of Horus was often used to symbolise sacrifice, healing, restoration, and protection.
Horus was the ancient Egyptian sky god who was usually depicted as a falcon. His right eye was associated with the sun god, Ra. The eye symbol represents the marking around the eye of the falcon, including the "teardrop" marking sometimes found below the eye. The mirror image, or left eye, sometimes represented the moon and the god Djehuti (Thoth), creator of language and number. Thoth is the Divine Geometrician and Grand Architect of the Universe.
Different parts of the Eye of Horus were thought to be used by the ancient Egyptians to represent one divided by the first six powers of two:
The right side of the eye = 1⁄2
The pupil = 1⁄4
The eyebrow = 1⁄8
The left side of the eye = 1⁄16
The curved tail = 1⁄32
The teardrop = 1⁄64
material: mahogany & ebony
thickness: 1/4th inch
dimensions: ~2” x 1.5”
finding: antique copper