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Ancient Egyptian Sacred Eye

Tapestry Designer: Karen Dixon

Tapestry Kit: Ancient Egyptian  Sacred Eye

The design for this kit is based on a pectoral (chest ornament) found on the body of the Pharoah Tutankhamen in which the 'Eye of Re' is made from glass-paste and gold cloisonné. Although Tutankhamen is believed to have died in 1343BC during the eighteenth dynasty, this object may well have been made and worn prior to his death. The original pectoral is housed in Cairo Museum, Egypt.

The sacred eye (Wedjet) primarily symbolised protection in Egyptian art. From early times the moon and sun were believed to be the eyes of the falcon god Horus, but gradually the right eye (the 'Eye of Re') became associated with the sun, whilst the left eye (the 'Eye of Horus') represented the moon. Egyptian mythology tells of how the Eye of Horus was damaged and then healed, the term Wedjet possibly meaning 'the restored' or 'the whole one'. Horus presented the restored eye to his father, and it is from this act that the eye came to symbolise an offering, a particularly common representation in the art of the later New Kingdom (1307-1070BC).

The tapestry is worked on 10hpi canvas and measures 17½ in x 15in (44cm x 38cm) suitable for a pillow or cushion.

Egyptian Sacred Eye: Printed Canvas Tapestry Kit
Kit contains Zweigart (10hpi) full colour printed tapestry canvas, Anchor wool, needle and instructions.
inc. VAT
(sales tax)
Approx US$ 105.95

Egyptian Sacred Eye: Printed Tapestry Canvas
Zweigart (10hpi) full colour printed tapestry canvas and instructions.
inc. VAT
(sales tax)
Approx US$ 53.24

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