Nature of the Eye

Everything about the Golden Shrine’s imagery is designed to identify the royal couple with this instrumental ‘dread’ and ‘attraction’, this ‘sympathy’ and ‘antipathy’ that flows through the whole of Egypt–and through the royal marriage. For, on the left side (as viewed from the front), where aggressive themes predominate, Ankhesenamun incarnates as the raging Sekhmet, while on the right side she radiates Hathor’s power and sexual attraction. This contrasting royal love and dread, this manifestation of what the Egyptians called Ba-power, is palpably present on the sides of the Golden Shrine.

Golden Shrine, Goddess Queen: Egypt’s Anointing Mysteries, Alison Roberts

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