Headrest amulet

Egyptian
Late Period, Dynasty 26
664–525 B.C


Findspot: Egypt, Giza

Dimensions

Other: 1.6 cm (5/8 in.)

Accession Number

29.1523

Medium or Technique

aematite

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Amulets

This amulet of polished hematite represents 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 Giza: G 7524 A [Excav. date] April 24, 1929. Excavated by the Harvard University–Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of Egypt.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition