Ancient Egyptian Crowns
In Ancient Egypt, there were many different crowns and headdresses that were worn by the Pharaohs and the Gods. They reflected the authority and status of the wearer and often had special religious or symbolic meaning.
The Atef Crown
Osiris wearing the Atef Crown
- The Atef Crown was worn during religious rituals. It is basically a white crown which is trimmed with ostrich feathers and has a gold disk at the top.
- It is worn here by Osiris who was the god of vegetation and agriculture, which is why he is portrayed with green skin.
- Osiris was murdered by his brother Seth, who cut his body into pieces and scattered them throughout the land. After a long search for the parts, he was reassembled by Isis, his devoted wife, who breathed new life into him.
- As Osiris had triumphed over death he became the king and judge of the underworld. The Pharaohs believed that they would become an Osiris when they died. To them and all his worshipers, he represented the cycle of life, death and rebirth.