Headrest amulet

Egyptian
Late Period or Greco-Roman Period, Dynasty 25–30
760–332 B.C.


Dimensions

Length: 2.4 cm (15/16 in.)

Accession Number

RES.22.286

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

About 1835: collected by John Lowell with permission of the Egyptian Government. From the Estate of Mrs. Francis C. Lowell.

Credit Line

Gift of Estate of Mrs. Francis C. Lowell