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A gold ring with an engraved portrait of Ptolemy VI Philometor (c. 186–145 BCE), a king of Egypt of the Ptolemaic dynasty, wearing the pschent. The ring dates to between the 3rd and 2nd centuries BCE.


From Ancient Greek ψχέντ ‎(pskhént), from Late Egyptian p3-sḫnt ‎(that which promotes), from p3 ‎(definite article) + sḫnt ‎(to promote).



pschent ‎(plural pschents)

  1. 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
    • 1922, James Joyce, Ulysses
      In his left eye flashes the monocle of Cashel Boyle O’Conner Fitzmaurice Tisdall Farrell. On his head is perched an Egyptian pshent. Two quills project over his ears.


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