This headrest amulet is carved in the round and has uneven ends. 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