Headrest amulet

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


Findspot: Egypt, Giza, G 7652 A, Room IV

Dimensions

Length: 2.3 cm (7/8 in.)

Accession Number

29.1217

Medium or Technique

Hematite

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 7652A, Room IV. April 29, 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