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For other uses, see Nemes (disambiguation).
The golden mask from the mummy of Tutankhamun wearing the nemes headdress.

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 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.

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  • Katheryn A. Bard, Encyclopedia of the Archaeology of Ancient Egypt, Routledge 1999
  • Max Pol Fouchet, Rescued Treasures of Egypt, McGraw-Hill 1965
  • Toby A. H. Wilkinson, Early Dynastic Egypt, Routledge 1999
  • Watson Early Mills, Roger Aubrey Bullard, Mercer Dictionary of the Bible, Mercer University Press 1990
  • Bruce Graham Trigger, Ancient Egypt: A Social History, Cambridge University Press 1983
  • Fragment of a basalt Egyptian-style statue of Ptolemy I


  1. ^ Bard, op.cit., p.412
  2. ^ Mills & Bullard, op.cit., p.679
  3. ^ Fouchet, op.cit., p.208