Study Guide

Nekhbet Spotter's Guide

Spotter's Guide

Nekhbet's been around a while, so she's well known. It doesn't hurt that she's also a vulture-headed goddess or a full vulture. While sometimes she can be confused with Mut, the easiest way to tell them apart is by their crowns. Nekhbet only gets the White Crown, where Mut will always have the Double Crown (White and Red put together) on her head.

Sex: Female
Age: Adult
Build: A thin woman with a vulture's head or a human head wearing Pharaoh's white crown (human form); a white vulture (bird form); a cobra wearing the white crown (snake form); very rarely, as a white cow
Complexion: In human form, the same light yellow skin color as all Egyptian women in paintings
Hair Color: Black or dark blue in human form; white and green feathers in bird form; green or black scales in snake form
Facial Hair: None
Scars/marks/tattoos: None
Jewelry and accessories: The White Crown of Upper Egypt (no, that's not a bowling pin!), a round amulet called a shen, after the hieroglyph for "eternity," and sometimes a long ostrich-feather fan in her vulture claws
Clothing: In human form, a tight-fitting dress
Armor: None
Type of Weapon: None, unless the feather fan counts (or her vulture beak and claws!)

Typical Companions:

Wadjet, kings and queens, Hapi, Apis

Known Hangouts:

The palace
Inside temple and tomb ceilings, if Nut hasn't left her stars strewn all about
Way up in the sky
Riverbanks
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