Headrest amulet

Nubian
Napatan Period, reign of Tanwetamani
664–653 B.C.


Findspot: Nubia(Sudan), Nuri, Pyramid 59

Dimensions

Height x width x depth: 1.7 x 3.3 x 1 cm (11/16 x 1 5/16 x 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

20.650

Medium or Technique

Hematite

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Amulets

This amulet of hematite takes the form of a headrest. 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

From Nuri, pyramid 59 (tomb of Queen Malaqaye). 1918: excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Sudan.

(Accession date: March 1, 1920)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition