Headrest



Accession Number
W359
Current Location
In storage
Object Type
Furniture, Headrest
Material
Wood
Provenance
Egypt
Measurements
Length: 228mm
Number of Elements
1

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Description

Wooden headrest. Base only. Traces of linen in the socket. Purchased by Wellcome at auction in 1928 from the collection of Charles Tabor. Headrests were used to support the head while sleeping. Amulets could also be made in the shape of the headrest.

Bibliography

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.

Last modified: 31 Jul 2020

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