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EW1307

A Large Egyptian Headrest, Middle Kingdom, XI Dynasty ca. 2040-1991BC

From the early middle kingdom, a large wooden headrest, carved in three sections with oval base, a square stem of slender form with a thick tenon at the top of the shaft that attaches the thinly curved pillow headrest.

Designed to take the weight of the head, the headrest was placed immediately above the ear under the centre of gravity of the head. As it fits the curve of the head and therefore supports a large surface it is quite comfortable to sleep upon. For a similar example see: Petrie WMF "Objects of Daily Use" (1927) Headrests, VI-XI Dynasties, plate XXXI #26.

Dimensions: Height: 20.5cm (8ins) Base width: 22cm (8.75ins) 

Condition:  Small crack to base section, otherwise intact and in very good condition overall.

Provenance:  Private Californian collection, acquired in the 1960's.

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