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, in fact, known as the "House of Gold". The Pharaohs of the Old Kingdom were called the "Golden Horus".
In Middle Egyptian the hieroglyph for nebu is
It was sometimes followed by the goddess determinative:
- Faulkner, Raymond Oliver (1962). A Concise Dictionary of Middle Egyptian (11th ed.). Oxford, United Kingdom: Griffith Institute. p. 129. ISBN 978-0-900416-32-3. OCLC 4466599.
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