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Headrest

Period:
Middle Kingdom
Dynasty:
Late Dynasty 11 - Dynasty 12
Date:
ca. 2030–1802 B.C.
Geography:
From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Asasif, Tomb MMA 816, pit, MMA excavations, 1929–30
Medium:
Wood
Dimensions:
H. 8 3/4 in. (22.2 cm), W. 9 in. (22.9 cm)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1931
Accession Number:
31.3.12
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 106
Headrests were used by ancient Egyptians to support a person's neck while sleeping. While the flat base board and curved top are consistent features, the form of the middle section varied. This type with six slender rods supporting the curved top is fairly rare. More common were single column-like supports between base and top.
Museum excavations, 1929-30. Acquired by the Museum in the division of finds, 1931.

Hayes, William C. 1953. Scepter of Egypt I: A Background for the Study of the Egyptian Antiquities in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Part I: From the Earliest Times to the End of the Middle Kingdom. New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, p. 258, fig. 165.

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