Nemes, symbolizing the Pharaoh’s power, both in life and death
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Nemes, striped head cloth
(crown as

in hieroglyphs

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in hieroglyphs

Nemes were pieces of striped head cloth worn by pharaohs in ancient Egypt.[1] It covered the whole crown and behind 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.

Modern Recreations

The occult society "The Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn" uses an Egyptian nemes, which they spell "nemyss", as part of their "traditional ceremonial garb".[4]


Further reading


  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
  4. ^ Cicero, Chic; Cicero, Sandra Tabatha (2019). Golden dawn magic : a complete guide to the high magical arts. Woodbury, MN: Llewellyn Publications. p. 188. ISBN 978-0-7387-5798-8. OCLC 1089884900.((cite book)): CS1 maint: date and year (link)