Headrest amulet

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


Findspot: Egypt, Giza

Dimensions

Other: 1.4 cm (9/16 in.)

Accession Number

29.1457

Medium or Technique

Haematite

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Amulets

This amulet of polished hematite represents a headrest. The end of the base is now chipped. 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 7540T, Room III [Excav. date] March 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