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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[edit]

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[edit]


  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)

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