Nebtu and Menhyt

detail from the facade of the Temple of Neith and Khnum at Iunyt/Latopolis: Menhyt (on the left, lioness-headed, wearing the Solar Crown with the Uraeus) and Outo/’Uadjet’ (on the right, wearing the Deshret, the “Red Crown”)
 

 

the King making adorations and offerings to the Lioness-Goddess Menhyt and to the Goddess Nebtu (Menhyt and Nebtu are the two wives of Khnum); from the exterior wall of the Temple of Iunyt/Latopolis

 

the Emperor Traianus (98 – 117 CE) dancing before the two enthroned Goddesses Menhyt (lioness-headed, wearing the Solar Crown) and Nebtu (wearing the Solar Crown with cow’s horns), the two Divine Wives of Khnum at Iunyt-Latopolis

 

the Goddess Nebtu enthroned, wearing the Solar Crown with cow’s horns and Uraeus, holding the papyrus scepter and the Ankh; from the Temple of Neith and Khnum at Iunyt

 

the Lioness-Goddess Menhyt, wearing the Solar Crown with the Uraeus; another Uraeus is twisted around Her scepter;  Menhyt is one of the Daughters of Ra (and hence one of the forms/manifestations of the Eye of Ra), wife of the God Khnum (together with Nebtu, the Goddess of the Countryside). From the facade of Temple of Neith and Khnum at Iunyt/Latopolis 

 

scene from the Temple of Neith and Khnum at Iunyt: the King smiting and killing captured rebels and enemies of the Gods and of Egypt before Khnum, Nebtu, and Heka-pa-khered (“Heka the Child”, son of Khnum and Nebtu); Khnum holds the Ankh in His left, and the Khepesh-Sword in His right; Heka the Child wears the Double Crown, and stands on the Sema-Tawy (lotus and papyrus entwined, the symbol of the Union of the Two Lands); behind Nebtu is represented Neith (not visibe in the photo).  Behind the King is represented His Ka (the spirit); above Him is the Solar Orb (representing Horus of Behdet), Horus in His form of Falon (on the left) and Uadjet as a winged Uraeus (on the right); next to the King is depicted His Lion, devouring the enemies of the Gods.

 

Khnum, Heka-pa-khered (“Heka the Child”) and the Goddess Nebtu (the Goddess of the Countryside, wife of Khnum together with Menhyt);  detail from west exterior wall of the Temple of Khnum and Neith at Iunyt/Latopolis

 

Khnum (wearing the Double Feathered Crown with the Two Uraei and holding the Uas-scepter of Power and Dominion and a ram-headed khepesh-blade) and the Lioness-Goddess Menhyt (wearing the Solar Crown, holding the Ankh and with Her left hand raised in blessing);
scene from the exterior walls of the Temple of Neith and Khnum at Iunyt
 

 

Thoth (at left) and Horus purifying the King with the Sacred Water of Life and Strenght; at right, the Lioness-Goddess Menhyt, one of the wives of the God Khnum; from the facade of the Temple of Iunyt/Latopolis

 

scene from the Temple of Neith and Khnum at Iunyt:
the King (wearing the Double Crown) dedicating the fields to Khnum and to the Goddess Nebtu
 

 

the King offering fields to Khnum-Ra and Nebtu;
scene from the Temple of Neith and Khnum at Iunyt
 

 

Khnum-Ra enthroned (holding the Uas-Scepter of Power and Dominion and the Ankh) and His Divine Wife, the Goddess Menhyt (lioness-headed, wearing the Solar Crown with the Uraeus, holding the Papyrus-Scepter and the Ankh);
from the Temple of Neith and Khnum at Iunyt/Latopolis

 

the King making offerings to Menhyt (lioness-headed) and Heka the Child;
scene from the Temple of Neith and Khnum at Iunyt/Latopolis

 

scene from the Temple of Khnum and Neith at Iunyt: the King making adorations and offering two vases to Khnum enthroned and to the Goddess Nebtu; before Khnum is represented Heka in His form of Child God, standing on the Sema-Tawy (lotus and papyrus entwined, the symbol of the Union of the Two Lands)

-Assimilations with other Goddesses-

Bastet-Menhyt:

King Ramses III pouring a libation and censing before Khnum (wearing an Uraeus between His ram’s horns) and Bastet-Menhyt;
scene from the east wall of the I Hypostyle Hall of the “Temple of Millions of Years” of King Ramses III, West Uaset (Diospolis Megale-Thebes)

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