Headrest amulet

Egyptian
Late Period, Dynasty 26, reign of Amasis
570–526 B.C.


Findspot: Egypt, Giza, Pit G 7757 A, rm III

Dimensions

Overall: 1.3 x 1.8 cm (1/2 x 11/16 in.)

Accession Number

29.2712

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

From Egypt, Giza, pit G 7757 A, (tomb of Kheperre) Room III. 1929 : excavated by the Harvard University–Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Egypt.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition