This headrest amulet is carved in chocolate brown stone, with a dull surface. 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.
Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way