Nemes

The nemes is the striped headcloth worn by pharaohs in ancient Egypt.[1] It covered the whole crown and back of the head and nape of the neck (sometimes also extending a little way down the back) and had lappets, two large flaps which hung down behind the ears and in front of both shoulders.[2] It was sometimes combined with the double crown,[3] as it is on the statues of Ramesses II at Abu Simbel. The earliest depiction of the nemes, along with a uraeus, is the ivory label of Den from the 1st Dynasty. It is not a crown in itself, but still symbolizes the pharaoh's power.


Nemes
in hieroglyphs

Further reading

References

  1. Kathryn A. Bard, Encyclopedia of the Archaeology of Ancient Egypt, Routledge 1999, p.412
  2. Watson Early Mills, Roger Aubrey Bullard, Mercer Dictionary of the Bible, Mercer University Press 1990, p.679
  3. Max Pol Fouchet, Rescued Treasures of Egypt, McGraw-Hill 1965, p.208


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