White crown

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Name of the crown of Upper Egypt, a skittle-shaped headdress probably made of cloth. The crown is referred to by a multitude of names, including 'Hedjet, Wereret, Nefer(et)' and 'Weret-Hekau'. The crown appears as early as on the famous Narmer Palette (Egyptian Museum, Cairo). The goddess Nekhbet, the protectress of Upper Egypt, was closely linked with the white crown. Together with the red crown of Lower Egypt, the white crown formed the double crown, also called the pschent (the Greek version of ancient Egyptian 'pa sekhemty', 'the two powerful ones').