Fragment of a headrest



Accession Number
W356
Current Location
House of Life (first floor), Technology case
Object Type
Furniture, Headrest
Material
Wood
Measurements
Top element - Height: 50mm | Width: 165mm | Depth: 83mm Stem: Height: 107mm | Width: 62mm | Depth: 55mm
Number of Elements
2

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Description

The top and the stem of a wooden headrest. The ancient Egyptians used these to support their heads during sleeping. Cloth may have covered the crescent-shaped part. They were purchased by Wellcome at auction in 1928 from the collection of Charles Tabor.

Bibliography

Hallinckx, B.R. 2001 The symbolic assimilation of head and sun as expressed by headrests. In S.A.K.: 29-95.