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This object is an eye from an Egyptian Mummy cartonnage (funeral mask), believed to be from an Egyptian statue. The eye was a powerful symbol in Ancient Egypt. It was used to ward off evil, as Ancient Egyptians believed the eye reflected the evil back onto the evil-doer. Sailors would paint the eye on their ships in the hope that it would protect them during their voyages.
The Eye of Horus
Where did this Object Come From?
What do you think ‘ward off evil’ means?
Why do you think the Egyptians believed the eye could get rid of evil?
What symbol would you use to 'ward off evil'?
Can you think of any other symbols used in this way by other cultures?
Why do you think the story of Horus' eye was important to Ancient Egyptian people?
How do you think the idea of the eye as protection helped them?
Explore the different gods and stories in Ancient Egyptian mythology and find other museum objects that represent them.
Taking inspiration from Egyptian mythology and examples of ancient artefacts, design your own Egyptian masks/faces/eyes.
Tell the story of Horus and Osiris above, in a comic strip.
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