The Tutankhamun Exhibit
Jewelry and Ornamentation
Pectoral Featuring Nut
Nut is shown here as a woman with vulture's wings outspread to symbolize her function as a protectress. It is a role that she is often represented as performing on the underside of the lids of coffins. All around her body are hieroglyphic inscriptions, of which there are three in all. At the top are the king's throne and personal names, separated by the title "Lord of the Two Lands" followed by "The Great and Glorious Nut," and, beneath the wings of the goddess, "Words spoken by Nut: 'I have spread my arms over my son, king Nebkheperura, true of voice, I have protected the beauty of the Lord [of the Two Lands] Tutankhamun like Ra; [it was] what I did for my son Unennefer. Thy father will protect this thy body.'"
The face and limbs of the goddess are represented in light blue glaze inlay, an appropriate color for a sky deity. Her headdress is made of dark blue glass, which is also used for the lower part of her collar, from which a panel pectoral, of the kind mentioned above, appears to be suspended.
Both of the shrine-shaped pectorals were found in the pedestal supporting a recumbent figure of the jackal of Anubis in the so-called treasury of the king's tomb.
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