Headrest amulet

Egyptian
Late Period–Roman Imperial Period


Findspot: Egypt, Giza

Dimensions

Other: 2.2 cm (7/8 in.)

Accession Number

29.1610

Medium or Technique

Haematite

Not On View

Collections

Africa and Oceania, 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. [Excav. date] Apr. 1927. 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