Description The serpent-god Neheb-kau was one of 42 "judges" the deceased encountered in the underworld, according to the funerary text known as "The Book of the Dead." Neheb-kau, identified with invincible living power, provided nourishment to the dead; he was also identified as a manifestation of the creator god Atum. This representation has a human body with a serpent head and tail. The knees are flexed, and the hands at the mouth.
- Jewelry - Ancient to Modern. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1979-1980.
Provenance Sheik Ismael [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1930, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1930
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