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Carter No.: 256s

Handlist description: Vulture-head insignia of diadem 256,4,o

Card/Transcription No.: 256s

256, S. NEKHBET INSIGNIA - of diadem (256, 4, O)
(See 256,4 R)

POSITION: Right thigh, above knee. (See 256, 4, O).

DIMENSIONS: Max. H. (from top of head to bottom of neck) 4.0 cents. " L. (from occiput to end of beak) 3.8 cents.

DESCRIPTION: The vulture-Nekhbet insignia finely modelled in gold. The eyes of obsidian, details of eyelids minutely defined. The beak, nostrils, brows, ears, wrinkled occiput, and the well defined partial covering of stiff feathers on the back of the neck, as well as the general shape of the head, are all characteristic of Vultur Auricularis (Dand.), the sociable vulture, peculiar to the middle and southern provinces of Egypt into Nubia. It has a parallel socket at the back for sliding on to crown or diadem.

REMARKS: It was found on the right thigh, above the knee, opposite the uraeus Buto insignia on the left thigh (256 R). As both fit the diadem (256, 4 O) there is little doubt that they belong to that diadem.

Card no. 256s relating to Carter no. 256s
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