Headrest amulet

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


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

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Medium or Technique


Not On View


Jewelry, The Ancient World



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.


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