Nebu “Symbol of Gold”
he Nebu Is an ancient Egyptian symbol of Gold which was considered to be a divine metal from the heavens that was believed to be the flesh of the gods. It is connected to the sun god Ra who is known to be the Mountain of Gold. Its polished surface is linked to the brilliance of the sun and in the afterlife, it represented aspects of immortality. In the old kingdom, the pharaohs were known as the golden Horus, and in the new kingdom, the royal burial chamber of the Pharaohs was called “The House of Gold”. Nebu is the Egyptian symbol for gold. It depicts a golden collar with the ends hanging off the sides and seven spines dangling from the middle. Ancient Egyptians believed that gold was an indestructible and heavenly metal. The sun god, Ra, was often referred to as a mountain of gold. The Royal Tomb was known as the “House of Gold”. The pharaohs of the Old Kingdom were called the “Golden Horus”. In Middle Egyptian, the hieroglyph for nebu.
It was sometimes followed by the goddess determinative: – this changed its meaning to “the Golden One”, an epithet of Hathor. The ancient Egyptian name for the city of Ombos, Nebet, also used the nebu hieroglyph.