Wooden headrest, top section only, split underneath on socket. Purchased by Wellcome at auction in 1928 from the collection of Charles Tabor. Such headrests were used for resting the head while sleeping. The shape of the headrest cradling the head paralleled the 'akhet' hieroglyph sign of the sun rising on the horizon.
See Hallinckx, B.R. 2001 The symbolic assimilation of head and sun as expressed by headrests. In S.A.K.: 29-95 for information on the headrest symbolising the akhet sign and information on sleep.
- Wellcome Number
- Sotheby, Wilkinson, & Hodge: 20–24 Jan 1913, Lot 747 | Sotheby & Co.: 12–13 Nov 1928, Lot 214
- Previous Owners
- Charles James Tabor (1849–1928) | Sir Henry Solomon Wellcome (1853–1936) | Robert de Rustafjaell (1859–1943)
- Last modified: 31 Jul 2020