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Headrest amulet

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This amulet of hematite takes the shape of a headrest. Such amulets were meant to raise the deceased's head in the afterlife and to aid in avoiding decapitation, one of the most perilous of hazards en route to the netherworld.


From Abydos. 1902: excavated by William Matthew Flinders Petrie for the Egypt Exploration Fund, assigned to the Egypt Exploration Fund in the division of finds by the government of Egypt, received by the MFA through subscription to the Egypt Exploration Fund on November 17, 1902. (Accession Date:November 17, 1902)

Credit Line

Egypt Exploration Fund by subscription

Egyptian, Third Intermediate Period to Late Period, Dynasty 21–30, 1070–332 B.C.


Abydos, Egypt


Height x Length: 1.5 x 2.9 cm (9/16 x 1 1/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets