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Headrest amulet

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This amulet of polished hematite 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.


From Egypt, Giza, pit G 7757 A, (tomb of Kheperre) Room III. 1929 : excavated by the Harvard University–Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Egypt.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Egyptian, Late Period, Dynasty 26, reign of Amasis, 570–526 B.C.


Giza, Egypt


Overall: 1.3 x 1.8 cm (1/2 x 11/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets