Red crown

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Name of the crown of Lower Egypt, consisting of a cylindrical section with a tall extension at the back and a 'thread' on the front with a curled end. The crown is referred to by a multitude of names, including 'Desheret, Weret, Net'. The last of these names links the crown to the goddess Neith. The crown appears as early as on the famous Narmer Palette (Egyptian Museum, Cairo). The goddess Wadjet, the protectress of Lower Egypt, was closely linked with the red crown. Together with the hite crown of Upper Egypt, the Red Crown formed the Double Crown, also called the pschent (the Greek version of ancient Egyptian 'pa sekhemty', 'the two powerful ones').