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an Egyptian headrestLike many of the objects placed in burials, this headrest was probably made for funerary use rather than actually used in everyday life. Notice how tall it is? It would have been placed under the head of the mummy as it lay on its left side in the coffin. Egypt, Old Kingdom
4th-5th Dynasties, ca. 2575-2323 B.C. "Headrest with Fluted Pedestal"
Calcite (Egyptian alabaster), 9 x 7 7/8 x 3 3/4 inches
Funded by John A. Manget, 1921.7
Collection of the Michael C. Carlos Museum
 
an Egyptian headrestWooden headrests, often covered with cloth to provide some cushion, were used as pillows for sleeping during life. Egypt, New Kingdom
Mid-18th Dynasty, ca. 1500-1400 BC "Headrest"
Wood, 6 5/6 x 12 1/8 x 3 inches
Funded by John A. Manget, 1921.35
Collection of the Michael C. Carlos Museum
 
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