Atef crown (hieroglyph)

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Atef Crown
in hieroglyphs

The ancient Egyptian Atef crown hieroglyph is one of a series of language hieroglyphs related to Ancient Egyptian crowns, staves, dress, etc. Though used in the hieroglyphic language, the Atef crown is probably more commonly found in iconography, in tomb reliefs, wall scenes, statuary, or representations of the Pharaoh, or gods.

The crown is composed of a double fringe of feathers attached to a white crown-shape, with horizontal ram's horns. The feathers are identified as ostrich from their curl at the upper ends, with a slight flare toward the base (compare with falcon feathers in two-feather crowns, which are narrow and straight). This crown is particularly associated with the cult of Osiris, who is always pictured wearing a white crown in Atef style with ostrich feathers.

Atef crown in language[edit]

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Atef Crown
in hieroglyphs

The Atef Crown hieroglyph has an ideogram usage-(as the Atef Crown), and the determinative use in the name of the crown: 3tf-(atef).

Example usage: a signet ring[edit]

Use of Atef crown as component of the Pharaoh's cartouche.

An example of a signet ring is shown with the Atef Crown as a component surmounting the cartouche. Pharaoh Cheops of the 4th Dynasty is commemorated with a ring produced in the 26th Dynasty, or 27th Dynasty.

Iconographic usage by pharaohs and gods[edit]

Many examples are known of the Atef crown used in temple reliefs, statues, etc.

See also[edit]