Variable of the Day, Ancient Egypt: Shwty crown


Temple of Seti I at Abydos

NOTE: The shwty crown (the name is a dual form of the word shw, meaning plume–also known as the ‘double plume’ crown), like other royal headgear, had a basic form that could be elaborated upon by adding other elements, such as cow horns, pendant uraei, and solar discs.  This particular example has several additions, all of which are recorded as separate, but related, elements.  The most basic form of the shwty crown is the paired ostrich plumes.

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