The word used by Egyptologists for the cobra-goddess who personified the burning eye of the sun-god Re. Represented as an enraged cobra with a dilated throat, the uraeus appears on the front of the king's headdress and, in association with the solar disc, on the heads of solar deities. In this form, the goddess spat fire at the enemies of the king or god.
Biographical Dictionary of Ancient Egypt by Rosalie and Antony E. David
* * *
   Name for the cobra, representing the goddess Wadjet, which appears on the brow of the headdress of the monarch and so signifies royalty and kingship. During Dynasty 25, the Nubian rulers of Egypt wore a double uraeus.
   See also Nekhbet.
Historical Dictionary Of Ancient Egypt by Morris L. Bierbrier

Ancient Egypt. A Reference Guide. . 2011.

Игры ⚽ Поможем написать курсовую

Look at other dictionaries:

  • URAEUS — Ce mot, en toute rigueur du genre masculin, mais souvent employé au féminin, car il désigne un cobra femelle, est un terme d’érudits, emprunté, pendant la Renaissance, au commentateur hellénistique Horapollon; on peut douter que la forme grecque… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Uraeus — U*r[ae] us, n. [NL., fr. L. uraeus pertaining to a tail, Gr. ?, fr. ? tail.] (Egypt. Arch[ae]ol.) A serpent, or serpent s head and neck, represented on the front of the headdresses of divinities and sovereigns as an emblem of supreme power.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • uraeus — s.n. Reprezentare a şarpelui naja, care orna coroana faraonilor. [pron. u ré us. / < fr., lat. uraeus, cf. gr. ouraios – al cozii]. Trimis de LauraGellner, 13.09.2007. Sursa: DN …   Dicționar Român

  • uraeus — [yoo rē′əs] n. pl. uraei [yo͞o′ī΄] [ModL < LGr ouraios, cobra < Egypt yʿrt: form infl. by Gr ouraios, of the tail < oura, tail: see URO 2] the figure of the sacred asp or cobra on the headdress of ancient Egyptian rulers …   English World dictionary

  • Uraeus — Mask of Tutankhamun s mummy featuring a uraeus from the eighteenth dynasty when the cobra image of Wadjet from the original uraeus had been joined by the white vulture image of Nekhbet because of the unification of Lower and Upper Egypt The… …   Wikipedia

  • Uraeus — Mascara de Tut anj Amón (Tutankamon) portando el uræus. El uræus, o ureus, es una representación de la diosa Uadyet. La imagen del uræus constituyó el emblema protector preferente de muchos faraones, quienes eran los únicos que podían portarlo… …   Wikipedia Español

  • uraeus — noun (plural uraei) Etymology: New Latin, from Late Greek ouraios, a kind of snake Date: 1832 a representation of the sacred asp (Naja haje) appearing in ancient Egyptian art and especially on the headdress of rulers and serving as a symbol of… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Uraeus — Uræus Pharaon portant l uræus, le némés et la barbe postiche Dans l antiquité égyptienne, l uræus (prononciation : [ …   Wikipédia en Français

  • uraeus — /yoo ree euhs/, n., pl. uraeuses. the sacred asp as represented upon the headdress of divinities and royal personages of ancient Egypt, usually directly over the forehead, as an emblem of supreme power. [1825 35; < NL < LGk ouraîos, perh. based… …   Universalium

  • uraeus — noun /jʊˈɹiː.əs,juˈɹi.əs/ A representation of the sacred asp, symbolising supreme power in ancient Egypt. In front is an inlaid cobra, the Royal uræus, and around the band are attached 15 rosettes, each composed of four flowers and four leaves of …   Wiktionary

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”