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The white crown, along with the red crown, has a long history, with each of their respective representations going back into the [[History of ancient Egypt#Predynastic period|Predynastic Period]], indicating that kingship had been the base of Egyptian society for some time. The earliest image of the Hedjet known so far is in Northern [[Nubia]] (Ta-Seti) from around the [[Naqada II]] period (c. 3500–3200 BCE).<ref>[http://www.homestead.com/wysinger/crown.html Book review of Timonthy Kendall, ''Genesis of the 'Ka' and Crowns?'', Thames & Hudson 2003]</ref> It is possible that the "White crown clan" either migrated northward and their regalia were adopted by the southern Egyptians, or the conquering upper Egyptians took the white crown as their own as they absorbed the kingdom into the new unified state, as they later did with Lower Egypt.
 
[[Nekhbet]], the tutelary goddess of Nekhebet (modern el Kab) near Hierakonpolis, was depicted as a woman, sometimes with the head of a vulture, wearing the White Crown.<ref>Cherine Badawi, ''Egypt'', 2004, p.550</ref> The falcon god [[Horus]] of [[Hierakonpolis]] (Egyptian: Nekhen) was generally shown wearing a White Crown.<ref>Toby A. H. Wilkinson, ''Early Dynastic Egypt'', Routledge 1999, p.285</ref> A famous depiction of the White Crown is on the [[Narmer Palette]] found at Hierakonpolis in which the king of the South wearing the ''hedjet'' is shown triumphing over his northern enemies. The kings of the unitedUnited Egypt saw themselves as successors of Horus. Vases from the reign of Khasekhemwy show the king as Horus wearing the White Crown.<ref>Jill Kamil, ''The Ancient Egyptians: Life in the Old Kingdom'', American Univ in Cairo Press 1996, p.61</ref>
 
As with the [[Deshret]] (Red Crown), no example of the White Crown has survived. It is unknown how it was constructed and what materials were used. [[Felt]] or leather have been suggested, but this is purely speculative. The fact that no crown has ever been found, even in relatively intact tombs (such as that of king [[Tutankhamun]]) might suggest that the crown was passed from one regent to the next, much as in present day monarchies.
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