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Headrest amulet

This headrest amulet has one end broken off and missing. 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.


By 1836: Robert Hay Collection, Linplum, Scotland; 1863: to his son, Robert James Alexander Hay; 1868-1872: Way Collection, Boston (purchased by Samuel A. Way through London dealers Rollin and Feuardent, 27 Haymarket); 1872: given to the MFA by Samuel's son, C. Granville Way.

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Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way

Egyptian, Late Period–Roman Imperial Period,

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets