Egyptian Symbols: Khepresh

The khepresh is another royal insignia and regalia associated with the pharaoh. It started as war crown doubling as a military helmet seen atop the head of the pharaoh during battle especially at the time when his victory has been secured. In fact, in one depiction, it is seen worn by Rameses II in a painting as a celebration of his win over the Hittites. Eventually, it became a ceremonial crown of the king.

The khepresh is thought of to be the representation of the sky. Other theories state that it symbolized the mushroom of great divine and shaman importance, Psilocybe that turns blue when touched. Pharaohs ingest this mushroom making them majestic and immortal.

The crown is more popularly known as the blue crown. It is usually made of cloth or rubber painted blue. It is adorned by golden discs and a twisting uraeus in front. It is believed to be an evolved version of the cap crown

The existence of the Blue Crown dates as far back as Second Intermediate Period as proven by the archaeological find known as the Karnak Stela of Neferhotep III. Another proof of its existence is the Cairo Stela 20799 can be found. More commonly, the New Kingdom pharaohs are seen wearing this after the relief of their battles. The first Blue Crown was made for the pharaoh Amenhotep III.