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Headrest with Fluted Pedestal Permanent Collection:
Ancient Egyptian Art:
Headrest with Fluted Pedestal

Fourth-Fifth Dynasties, ca. 2575-2323 B.C. Calcite (Egyptian alabaster). Funded by John A. Manget, 1921.7

This elegant calcite headrest, consisting of four parts pegged together, was probably carved specifically for funerary use. It would have been placed under the head of the mummy as it lay on its left side in the coffin. Other headrests, often made of wood, were used as pillows for sleeping during life.

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