Headrest amulet

Egyptian
Late Period–Roman Imperial Period


Dimensions

Overall: 1.2 x 2.2 cm (1/2 x 7/8 in.)

Accession Number

72.1170

Medium or Technique

Stone

Not On View

Collections

Africa and Oceania, Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Amulets

This headrest amulet is carved in brownish black stone, fine-grained and polished. Such amulets were common in Late Period burials, where their magic was intended to lift the head of the deceased at the moment of resurrection.

Provenance

By 1836: Robert Hay Collection, Linplum, Scotland; 1863: to his son, Robert James Alexander Hay; 1868-1872: Way Collection, Boston (purchased by Samuel A. Way through London dealers Rollin and Feuardent, 27 Haymarket); 1872: given to the MFA by Samuel's son, C. Granville Way.

Credit Line

Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way