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from Qurneh, Egypt

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This wooden headrest with ebony and ivory inlays is among a number of grave goods placed in the rich burial of a woman and child at Qurneh in Egypt, sometime in the 17th Dynasty. It was found within the woman's coffin. She may have been a queen.

The headrest is made of three pieces, with the base and pillar octagonally faceted. The curved neck support is fitted to the base by a tenon. The pillar is decorated with ebony and ivory triangular inlays. Instead of pillows, ancient Egyptian beds had wooden headrests.

Wealthy people in ancient Egypt were buried with a range of objects to help them in the Afterlife. These included religious amulets, food and drink, furniture, games, clothes, jewels, and even miniature servants to do the work. The furniture buried with this woman included stools for sitting on and her headrest for use when lying down.

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