Eye from an Egyptian mummy

Contributed by Scarborough Museums Trust

Eye from an Egyptian mummy

This is one of the most exotic and dramatic items in the Charm collection, it was thought to ward off the 'evil eye'. You can imagine the tomb-raiders hacking the eye from the mummy case and the curse that might have followed them. They would have needed their own charms for protection! The eye is a potent graphic symbol; this one really does follow you around the room!

Comments are closed for this object

Most of the content on A History of the World is created by the contributors, who are the museums and members of the public. The views expressed are theirs and unless specifically stated are not those of the BBC or the British Museum. The BBC is not responsible for the content of any external sites referenced. In the event that you consider anything on this page to be in breach of the site’s House Rules please Flag This Object.

About this object

Click a button to explore other objects in the timeline




View more objects from people in North Yorkshire.

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.