ancientpeoples: The Goddess Nekhbet, from t…

ancientpeoples:

The Goddess Nekhbet, from the Temple of Hatshepsut

Painted scale copy (tempera on paper) of the temple painting by Charles K. Wilkinson, 1920s.  

Original from Deir al-Bahri, Thebes, Upper Egypt.  Dated to the New Kingdom, 

Dynasty 18, ca. 1479–1458 B.C. (joint reign of Hatshepsut and Thutmose III).

Nekhbet is depicted as a vulture, often hovering over an image of the pharaoh and clutching a shen symbol (representing eternal encircling protection) in her talons.

Source: Met Museum