Mummified vulture, outstretched and covered with linen. Depicted on the ceilings of temples as a symbol of protection, or sitting on the ground as a symbol associated with kingship, the vulture was the manifestation of Nekhbet and Mut, depicted as the bird with wings outstretched. The Egyptian vulture is always seen in pairs, its wide wingspan encompassing and providing a protective cover to its infants. The vulture, when carrying out its role as mother and giving protection to its infants, may exhibit a forceful nature while defending her young. Comes mounted in a wooden box frame with a removable acrylic cover. Ptolemaic.