Wadjet was a symbol of protection and royal authority and protector of Lower Egypt. Upon unification of the country, she became the joint protector and patron of all of Egypt, together with the vulture goddess Nekhbet. Both goddesses were called the Two Ladies, protectors of unified Egypt. Wadject was closely associated with the Eye of Ra, a powerful protective entity in ancient Egypt that functions as a feminine counterpart to the sun god Ra and a violent force that subdues his enemies. The Eye is an extension of Ra’s power, equated with the disk of the sun, but it also behaves as an independent entity, which can be personified by a wide variety of Egyptian goddesses, including Hathor, Sekhmet, Bastet, Wadjet, and Mut. The Eye goddess acts as mother, sibling, consort, and daughter of the sun god. She is his partner in the creative cycle in which he begets the renewed form of himself that is born at dawn. The Eye’s violent aspect defends Ra against the agents of disorder that threaten his rule. Its life-giving power was celebrated in temple rituals, and its dangerous aspect was invoked in the protection of the pharaoh, of sacred places, and of ordinary people and their homes.
Inspired by a gold pendant from the jewelry chest of princess Sithathoryunet, daughter of Senusret II (ancient Egyptian king of the 12th dynasty) mainly known from her burial at El-Lahun in which a treasure trove of jewelry was found.
Hand drawing on papyrus using ink and acrylic colors.
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Dina Shalaby is a Russian-Egyptian visual artist focusing on modern art inspired by Ancient Egypt. Using mixed media and her deep passion for pharaonic Egypt, she creates pieces inspired by the past and with a story for the future. With a major in journalism, a master’s in international business and seven years at an international management consulting firm across three continents, Dina converted to her art passion a year ago and currently lives between Cairo and New York. She recently held her debut exhibition and hopes to continue exploring and sharing the universal beauty, timeless wisdom and inspiration of Ancient Egypt through her work.