Length: 2.470 cm
Height: 1.250 cm
Width: 1.000 cm
Ancient Egypt and Sudan
Hematite headrest amulet
Late Period, after 600 BC
To ensure that you keep your head
Headrests of stone, wood or ivory were an essential part of bedroom furniture, and were included in tombs to be used in the Afterlife. They often supported the head of the deceased within the coffin, such as. for example, the mummy of Ankhef. Headrest amulets could act as a substitute for the real thing in burials, and they became particularly widespread in the late Third Intermediate Period (about 1070-661 BC) and Late Period (661-332 BC).
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Headrest amulets were made of hematite or a dark stone, reflecting their association with the Afterlife, and continual protection of the deceased.
C.A.R. Andrews, Amulets of Ancient Egypt (London, The British Museum Press, 1994)