STORY BEHIND THE PIECE
Wadjet was a symbol of protection and royal authority and protector of Lower (Northern) 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.