from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In archaeology, the sovereign crown of all Egypt, composed of the tall pointed miter, or white crown, of southern Egypt; combined with the red crown, square in front and rising to a point behind, of northern Egypt.

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  • noun the double crown of ancient Egypt, combining the white crown of Upper Egypt with the red crown of Lower Egypt, worn by pharaohs after the union of the two kingdoms in around 3000 BC


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From Ancient Greek ψχεντ (pschent), from late Egyptian pA-skhnt, from pA (definite article) + skhnt 'that which promotes (the wearer)'.


  • Wearing sometimes the truncated crown of Lower Egypt, sometimes the helmet-crown of Upper Egypt, and sometimes the pschent, which is a combination of both, he figures in every tableau and heads every procession.

    A Thousand Miles Up the Nile

  • He wears the "pschent," or double crown, signifying his domination over Upper and Lower Egypt.

    Pharaohs, Fellahs and Explorers

  • Thus, in a bas-relief group in the Great Temple of Luxor, † Amenhotep III., followed by his Ka, is depicted in the act of advancing towards the god Khem with a libation-vase in each hand, his Ka standing behind him in human form, with the Ka-name on his head, surmounted by the pschent-crowned hawk, emblem of Horus.

    Pharaohs, Fellahs and Explorers

  • Anion, after having placed the pschent upon the head of the

    History Of Egypt, Chaldæa, Syria, Babylonia, and Assyria, Volume 1 (of 12)

  • There are the hypostyle halls, the two Osirid pillars -- colossal figures of strange gods, in coloured relief -- there is the great blue scarab, the cartouche, the _pschent_, the _pschutt_, and all that we admire in the Rameseum of the Ancient Empire.


  • Mout, or mother, represented in the act of suckling, and wearing the pschent, or cap, worn only by deities and Pharaohs; the Egyptian

    How to See the British Museum in Four Visits

  • They worshipped fire also, and water, and the Nile, which river they styled Father, Preserver of Egypt, sacred emanation from the Great God Osiris; and in their hymns in which they called it the god crowned with millet (which grain, represented by the _pschent_, was part of the head-dress of their kings), bringing with him abundance.

    Morals and Dogma of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry

  • The sacred ram-headed bird, bearing between its green horns the red disc of the setting sun and supported by two serpents wearing the pschent and swelling out their hoods, showed on the bosom of the figure its monstrous form full of symbolic meaning.

    The Works of Theophile Gautier, Volume 5 The Romance of a Mummy and Egypt

  • A reddish figure with a hawk's-head crowned with the _pschent_, the double crown of Upper and Lower Egypt, bore a disc containing a winged globe, and seemed to watch on the threshold of the tomb.

    The Works of Theophile Gautier, Volume 5 The Romance of a Mummy and Egypt

  • On the shafts of the huge columns were decorative or symbolical figures wearing the pschent, armed with the tau, following each other in procession, and whose eyes, showing full upon a side face, seemed to look inquisitively into the hall.

    The Works of Theophile Gautier, Volume 5 The Romance of a Mummy and Egypt


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  • The royalty's bred in his marrow - 

    The bloodline is straight as an arrow.

    You can tell the descent

    By the cut of his pschent.

    The young man was born to be pharaoh.

    June 28, 2015