Ancient Egyptian Calcite or Alabaster Headrest
Ancient Egyptian Calcite or Alabaster Headrest
Ancient Egyptian Calcite or Alabaster Headrest
Ancient Egyptian Calcite or Alabaster Headrest
Ancient Egyptian Calcite or Alabaster Headrest

Ancient Egyptian Calcite or Alabaster Headrest

1981 BC to 1802 BC Egypt

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An Ancient Egyptian Calcite or Alabaster Headrest constructed in three parts with traces of original mortar
Middle Kingdom 12th Dynasty 1981-1802BC

Size: 9.5cm high, 17cm wide, 4cm deep - 3¾ ins high, 6¾ ins wide, 1½ ins deep
Provenance:
Ex English Private collection
Acquired early 20th Century

cf: Musée Granet Aix-en-Provence. No 90
When sleeping, wealthy ancient Egyptians laid their heads on ivory, wood or alabaster headrests. These were used from the time of the Old Kingdom up to the end of the New Kingdom and consisted of a crescent shaped support, its radius only slightly bigger than that of the user's head, joined by a thick support to a broad horizontal base. Headrests also protected elaborate hairstyles whilst allowing sufficient movement for comfort.
Objects of fine stonework were a hallmark of wealth, and used in a funerary context, head rests were a mark of a man’s status and authority. Although a great deal of the material buried with the deceased in a tomb was ritualistic in nature, an extraordinary number of objects of daily life were also deposited so that life in the next world would not be too different from that on earth.
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Alabaster
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