From the Field

Deshret Days in Egypt

Posted by in Egypt, From The Field, Photo Essay, Photography, Travel | April 22, 2012

The Deshret, or Red Crown, was the symbol of the Pharaoh's authority over lower Egypt. The red color represented the desert red lands on either side of Kemet, the fertile region around the Nile, and the wire protruding from the top represented the proboscis of a honey bee. No Red Crown has survived, suggesting if may have been passed from ruler to ruler instead of buried with the kings. In this photo, Pharaoh Ramses II is shown wearing the Red Crown. Karnak Temple, Luxor, Egypt. Photo copyright Genevieve Hathaway Photography.

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