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== History ==
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 was thought to have been in the [[Qustul]] in Nubia. According to Jane Roy, "New evidence from Abydos, however, particularly the excavation of Cemetery U and the tometomb U-j, dating to Naqada IIIA has shown that this iconography appears earlier in Egypt.<ref name=Roy>{{cite book|last1=Roy|first1=Jane|title=The Politics of Trade:Egypt and Lower Nubia in the 4th Millennium BC|date=February 2011|publisher=Brill|isbn=9789004196117|page=215|url=https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=9En6tzUJCXkC&pg=PA215&lpg=PA215&dq=white+crown+incense+burner+from+Cemetery+at+Qustul&source=bl&ots=KwMLLUQEkH&sig=zfnyeei7Zv9AMpHc4WP1P4wjvRg&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0CEcQ6AEwCGoVChMIvZn7sb-UxgIVoRbbCh1CnADk#v=onepage&q=white%20crown%20incense%20burner%20from%20Cemetery%20at%20Qustul&f=false|accessdate=16 June 2015}}</ref>
 
[[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>