The ''Vulture Crown'' was a style of headdress worn by Ancient Egyptian Royal Females (Wives and other relatives to a Pharaoh). They were normally worn for important State (Court) Functions. Made of heavy scraped (soft) linen, The Vulture covered the entirety of the head (sides) and upper portion of the neck. They were made to fit snug. The name came from the design of the crown and sides being fashioned into the shape of a pair of Vulture wings, sweeping downward. This effect was enhanced with gold layering and precious metals and jewels. At the front of The Crown, a small icon statue of a Vulture was often placed (often made of Gold). Both Upper and Lower Egyptian Kings used The Vulture Crown, and it was also adopted by Royal Queens when both were united in 3,100 BC. The first usage of The Vulture Crown dates to 1,580 BC.