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November 14, 2019, 8:15 am UTC    
October 24, 2019 03:56PM
Lee: “Edna Russmann, in ‘Vulture and Cobra at the King’s Brow’ (In “Chief of Seers” p. 271-2) makes the case that the Vulture and Cobra of the Two Ladies (G16) glyph can be seen as “representations of Isis and Nephthys”.

From what period?

Isis and Nephthys are first attested in the PTs, and AFAIK, the Old Kingdom PT’s and the Middle Kingdom CTs give no indication of Isis and Nephthys being representations of the Vulture and Cobra. In the PTs and CTs, they are portrayed as kites, sisters of Osiris.

“the Two Kites, who are Isis and Nephthys, scream for you…” CT 24 I, 74

“Isis comes and Nephthys comes, one of them from the west and one of them from the east, one of them as a kite and one of them as a screecher* (HAt-bird)…”. CT 73 I, 303

*Faulkner note: a falcon or similar raptor

Isis and Nephthys are also referred to as two of four serpent goddesses in the PTs:

Father of Teti! Father of Teti in the darkness! Father of Teti, Atum in the darkness! Fetch Teti to your side, and he will light a lamp for you and guard you like Nu’s guarding of those four serpent - goddesses on the day they guarded the chair - Isis, Nephthys, Neith, and She who Aspirates Throats. T 184


Does Edna Russmann give any idea of when “the Vulture and Cobra of the Two Ladies (G16) glyph was seen as “representations of Isis and Nephthys”. Is it a New Kingdom idea or is it earlier?

Chris
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