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Headrest amulet

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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. This example is inscribed with the headrest spell from the Book of the Dead (Chapter 166) for the...

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By 1897: F.G. Hilton Price collection, London (A Catalogue of the Egyptian Antiquities in the possession of F.G. Hilton Price, London: Bernard Quartich, 1897); by 1976: with Charles D. Kelekian, New York; purchased by the MFA from Charles D.Kelekian April 14, 1976

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John Michael Rodocanachi Fund

Egyptian, Late Period or Greco-Roman Period, 305–200 B.C.


Height x width x length: 2 x 1.1 x 3 cm (13/16 x 7/16 x 1 3/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets