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Amulets and Talismans

Eyes have long been a powerful symbol of the supernatural.  They have been used to represent deities, spiritual awakening and knowledge – the all-seeing and the all-powerful.  See more from our collection:

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Depiction
Ceramic votive-type offering painted white, blue, yellow and black. Said to depict the Eye of Osiris, the votive is used on the prow of fishing boats to ward off evil spirits and bad luck. This type of votive is widely available in Malta and comes in a variety of colors.
c2000
Unknown
Evil Eye pendant
Silver pendant contains three small pieces of glass colored white, blue and black. They resemble eyes with blue irises.
1970
Unknown
Evil Eye ring
Ring made of blue glass. Top has a black dot within a green circle within a white circle- resembling an eye with a green iris.
1971
Unknown
Evil Eye ring and case
Silver ring with oval shaped glass bead. Glass is colored white, brown and black, resembling an eye with a brown iris. Ring is contained in a white plastic, snap lid case with blue lining.
1965
Unknown
Ex-voto
Embossed brass rectangle with corners cut off. Pattern contains flames surrounding 2 eyes within an oval. Object is meant to be used as a milagros by an individual seeking divine intervention for an eye ailment.
1850
Unknown
Ex-voto
Embossed tin rectangle with corners cut off. Pattern contains flames surrounding 2 eyes within an oval. Object is meant to be used as a milagros by an individual seeking divine intervention for an eye ailment.
Unknown
Ex-voto
Extremely thin rectangular sterling silver plate embossed with 2 eyes and eyebrows. Background has a pebbled effect and the edge is outlined with embossed dots.
Unknown
Ex-voto
Eye fashioned out of clay for a prayer offering. This example was purchased by the donor in Tel Aviv, Israel in 1988.
200 BCE

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American Academy of Ophthalmology