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Antique Carved Cameo Brooch Pin: NEKHBET Egyptian Vulture Goddess

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Seller: iriemilly (3,752) 100%, Location: Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Ships to: US & many other countries, Item: 273380153991 Here is a really beautiful old brooch holding an oval cameo featuring NEKHBET, patron goddess of Upper Egypt. Skillfully carved out of stone (or shell? or bone?) and set into a decorative metal frame. Nekbet wears a vulture headdress, all wonderfully detailed. Age unknown.Excellent condition, see all photos.1-5/8" x 1-1/8" FROM THE INTERNET: Nekhbet (Nekhebet, Nechbet) was the predynastic vulture goddess who was originally a goddess of a city, but grew to become patron of Upper Egypt, a guardian of mothers and children, and one of the nebty (the 'two ladies') of the pharaoh. "She of Nekhb", named after the town Nekhb (El Kab), was a local goddess who, with the rise of the pharaohs, became the great goddess of all of Upper Egypt. She was depicted as a woman wearing the crown of Upper Egypt or the vulture headdress, a woman with the head of a vulture, as a full snake or as a full vulture with the White Crown on her head, her wings spread in protection while holding the shen (shn) symbol of eternity in her talons. Linked to the pharaoh and the crown, she often appears in war and offertory scenes, in vulture form hovering over the head of the pharaoh, holding the shen symbol and the royal flail. Yet she also is shown sometimes as a divine mother of the pharaoh. It was in her mothering role that she was seen as the pharaoh's own protective goddess, right from his birth until his death.It was mostly during the later times that she was venerated as a goddess of birth. It was only during the New Kingdom that the people started worshiping her as a protector of mothers and children as well as being the goddess of childbirth. Until then, she had strictly been a protector of the pharaoh.Cleopatra was also known to have worn this same Vulture Headdress Crown as featured in the movie CLEOPATRA starring Elizabeth Taylor. Condition: very good, see photos, Material: unknown

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