A mysterious snake


© Photographic imagery courtesy of SGI

Place stone or glass eyes onto the corpseCobra amulet above right eye


If you look closely just above Nesperennub's right eye, you can see a small cobra shape. It does not show up on normal X-rays so is probably made of wax. Ancient Egyptians thought that wax was magical.

Cobra amulets in this shape are very unusual, and we are not sure why this one was placed over Nesperennub's eye. Cobras decorated Egyptian kings' crowns, to show that the cobra goddess was protecting them. Perhaps this wax cobra means that the cobra goddess is looking after Nesperennub in the afterlife.