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Carter No.: 256qqq

Handlist description: Pectoral (gold, inlaid)

Card/Transcription No.: 256qqq-1

256, QQQ. PECTORAL - gold inlaid 1
(See 256, 4.D)

POSITION: Pectoral: thorax, left low side, suspended from neck. Pendant: below nape of neck (see group 4.E and 4.D).

DIMENSIONS: Pectoral: Max. H. 9.0 cents; Max. W. 9.5 cents. Pendant: Total L. 3.5 cents.

DESCRIPTION: A hpr-beetle with full spread circular wings, supporting with fore-legs and wings a lunar-disc (ich of ?Thoth); holds in its posterior-legs the plural signs <> (plain gold) and the hb festival symbol; which would seem to be a play upon the King's name: ich-hprw-hb instead of Rc-hprw-nb. Head, prothorax, alytra, fore and hinder-legs, lapis lazuli inlaid. hb-symbol - carnelian and dark blue glass (lapis), centre gold. Wings: 'primaries' - lapis lazuli, field between tips of feathers carnelian. 'Secondaries' - lapis lazuli tipped with carnelian. 'Alula' or 'Bastard Wing' - as 'primaries'. 'Wing coverts' - turquoise coloured glass tipped with carnelian. 'Lesser wing coverts' - carnelian.

Card no. 256qqq-1 relating to Carter no. 256qqq
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