Headrest amulet

Egyptian
Late Period or Greco-Roman Period


Dimensions

Height: 3.3 cm (1 5/16 in.)

Accession Number

RES.22.289

Medium or Technique

Stone

Not On View

Collections

Africa and Oceania, Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Amulets

This amulet of highly polished, dark brown 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.

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