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Headrest amulet

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This obsidian amulet takes the form of 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.

Provenance

From Giza, G 7652A, Room IV. April 29, 1929: excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; 1929: assigned to the MFA by the government of Egypt.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Egyptian, Late Period, Dynasty 26, 664–525 B.C.

Findspot

Giza, Egypt

Dimensions

Length: 2.1 cm (13/16 in.)

Accession Number

29.1216

Medium or Technique

Obsidian

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets