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[[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 united 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 been found. It is unknown how it was constructed and what materials were used. [[Felt]] or leather have been suggested, but this is purely speculative. Like the deshret, the hedjet may have been woven like a basket from plant fiber such as grass, straw, palm leaf, or reed. The fact that no crown has ever been found, even in relatively intact royal tombs (such as that of [[Tutankhamun]]), suggests the crowncrowns may have been passed from one regent to the next, much as in present-day monarchies.