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Headrest amulet

This amulet of polished stone represents a headrest. 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.


Luigi Vassalli Collection (1812-1887); by 1957: Horace L. Mayer Collection; 1957: gift of Horace L. Mayer.

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Gift of Horace L. Mayer

Egyptian, Late Period, 664–332 B.C.

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets