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Headrest amulet fragment

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


Findspot: Egypt, Giza, pit G 7757 A, debris of room IV

Dimensions

Overall (one piece of amulet): 1.3 x 0.4 x 0.1 cm (1/2 x 3/16 x 1/16 in.) Overall (Complete piece): 1.4 x 0.7 x 0.4 cm (9/16 x 1/4 x 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

29.2615

Medium or Technique

Hematite

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Amulets

This amulet of polished hematite represents the base of a headrest (fits headrest amulet 29-11-300). 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) debris of room IV. 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