Nesu Bity: He of the Sedge and the Bee

ImogenSmid

Velp, Gld, Netherlands

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This illustration was originally made for my blog article “Royalty in the form of Bees” about the symbolic representation of bees for royalty. You can read the full article here: https://thestagsheadcreation.wordpress.com/2016...
The illustration is a digitally coloured dry-point etching.

Nesu Bity:

Bees being used as a symbol of royalty and power stems back from many centuries ago: all the way back to Ancient Egypt. This is to be clearly seen in their script of Hieroglyphs. One of these Hieroglyphs is in the shape of a bee, which is called “bity”; its meaning is King. Originally this bee hieroglyph was used to represent the King of Lower Egypt. Upper Egypt used the sedge plant hieroglyph, which is called “nesu” or “nsw” which also meant King. When Upper and Lower Egypt came together to be reigned over by one Pharaoh, these two hieroglyphs were joined to create a glyph for the title of King of Upper and Lower Egypt. The Pharaoh of Upper and Lower Egypt was therefore also known as Nesu Bity: “He of the Sedge and the Bee”. The bee and sedge plant glyphs were often combined with the bread-bun glyph “tu-ng rqUx” which had many meanings including elevated, chief and strong. This high regard of bees probably comes from the belief that when the sun god Ra cried, his tears fell as bees onto the desert sand.

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