Nefertem is often defined as the god of perfumes but this association is secondary. He was, in fact, first and foremost, the young god of the lotus bud that emerged from the primordial waters, according to the Egyptian myth, and from which the sun was born. Nefertem therefore not only identified with the blue lotus (Nymphaea caerulea) but also with the sun god that emerged from it, and its association with Ra is quite common.
In the texts of the Pyramids it is called “the lotus blossom in front of Ra’s nose”, showing how its association with scents started quite early in time. Its headgear is characteristic of him: a lotus flower with two feathers and counterweights for the necklace.
Late Period, ca. 664-332 BC. Made of Egyptian faience. Now in the Egyptian Museum of Turin.