Wosret “Patroness of Thebes Goddess” meaning “the powerful female one” was an Egyptian goddess whose cult was centered on Thebes in Upper Egypt and her name was the same as the Egyptian name of the city, Waset. She was a minor goddess, but three pharaohs during the Twelfth Dynasty incorporated her name into theirs: Senwosret, or Senusret, means “man of Wosret”. Wosret was rarely depicted, and no temples to her have been identified. When she was depicted, it was wearing a tall crown with the Was “power” sceptre (which was related to her name) upon her head and carrying other weapons such as spears and a bow and arrows. She was Amun’s first wife (John Ray calls her “the theological equivalent of the girl next door”), and was replaced by Mut, although it is possible that Mut is simply a later name for Wosret.

Overview She served as the patroness of Thebes, which was also known as Waset in ancient times. Despite being a minor Egyptian goddess during the Twelfth Dynasty about three pharaohs adopted her name into theirs which was translated to “Man of Wosret”. Wosret was often depicted wearing a tall crown that possessed the Was scepter, symbolizing power, atop her head, and carrying a number of hunting weapons like a spear, bow, and arrows. While she was initially married to Amun, she was eventually overtaken by Mut.

A rare image of Wosret, the figure to the right, on a stela showing the pharaohs Hatshepsut and Thutmose III making offerings to Amun, the figure on the left