Headrest amulet

Egyptian
Late Period or Greco-Roman Period
305–200 B.C.


Dimensions

Height x width x length: 2 x 1.1 x 3 cm (13/16 x 7/16 x 1 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

1976.128

Medium or Technique

Haematite

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Amulets

This amulet of polished stone 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. This example is inscribed with the headrest spell from the Book of the Dead (Chapter 166) for the benefit of the Overseer of the Granary, Penu. The inscription covers the cushion, the pillar, the front of the base and the base itself.

Provenance

By 1897: F.G. Hilton Price collection, London (A Catalogue of the Egyptian Antiquities in the possession of F.G. Hilton Price, London: Bernard Quartich, 1897); by 1976: with Charles D. Kelekian, New York; purchased by the MFA from Charles D.Kelekian April 14, 1976

Credit Line

John Michael Rodocanachi Fund