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Carter No.: 256,4,r

Handlist description: Vulture insignia of head-dress

Card/Transcription No.: 256-4r

156, 4.R. Nekhbet (vulture) insignia of khat headdress
(see 256, S.)

POSITION: Sewn to linen khat-headdress, over crown of head and partly covering the body and tail of uraeus insignia (4.Q.).

DIMENSIONS: L. (span of wings) 20.5; L. of bird (top of head to tip of tail) 9.0 cents

DESCRIPTION: Gold Nekhbet insignia of open winged vulture form; of thin sheet gold finely chased; neck, head and beak in the round; shen-symbols in talons; the bird curved to fit the crown of headdress. On the under surface are eight eyelets for fixing by means of sewing to the fabric of the linen khat-headdress. Thus when fixed it covered the crown of the head having its body over and parallel with the uraeus (4.Q.).

REMARKS: A mass of beeswax over head and neck to hold it; in conjunction with the uraeus (4.Q.), in place within the wrappings

This bird shows similar characteristics of vulture auricularis, (Dand.), the social vulture, as 256, S, PPP.

Card no. 256-4r relating to Carter no. 256,4,r
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