Wadjet, Predynastic Egyptian Goddess

Wadjet, Predynastic Egyptian Goddess

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Caption: Bronze figurine of the Egyptian Goddess Wadjet, Egypt, 26th Dynasty (664 - 525 BC). Wadjet, known to the Greek world as Uto or Buto, was originally the ancient local goddess of the city of Dep (Buto), a city that was an important site in the Predynastic era of Ancient Egypt and the cultural developments of the Paleolithic. She was said to be the patron and protector of Lower Egypt and upon unification with Upper Egypt, the joint protector and patron of all of Egypt with the goddess of Upper Egypt. The image of Wadjet with the sun disk is called the uraeus, and it was the emblem on the crown of the rulers of Lower Egypt. She was also the protector of kings and of women in childbirth. As the patron goddess, she was associated with the land and depicted as a snake-headed woman or a snake, usually an Egyptian cobra. Sometimes she was depicted as a woman with two snake heads and, at other times, a snake with a woman's head.

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