Headrest in Three Parts Inscribed for Khet
The standard Egyptian headrest—the equivalent of the modern pillow—consisted of a curved neck support atop a pillar on an oblong base. When a head rested on a support, the combination of round and curved forms resembled the morning sun rising between two peaks, also the hieroglyph for "horizon." Thus the sleeping Egyptian was connected to the sunrise, a potent symbol of resurrection. Some modern Africans, particularly in Mali and Kenya, still sleep on headrests identical in design to ancient Egyptian examples.
- Medium: Wood
- Place Excavated: Dimai, Egypt
- Dates: ca. 1818-1700 B.C.E.
- Dynasty: late XII Dynasty-early XIII Dynasty
- Period: Middle Kingdom
- Dimensions: 9 x 9 3/8 x 4 7/16 in. (22.8 x 23.8 x 11.2 cm) (show scale)
- Collections:Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
- Museum Location: This item is on view in Egypt Reborn: Art for Eternity, Old Kingdom to 18th Dynasty, Egyptian Galleries, 3rd Floor
- Accession Number: 14.650
- Credit Line: Gift of the Egypt Exploration Fund
- Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
- Caption: Headrest in Three Parts Inscribed for Khet, ca. 1818-1700 B.C.E. Wood, 9 x 9 3/8 x 4 7/16 in. (22.8 x 23.8 x 11.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Egypt Exploration Fund, 14.650. Creative Commons-BY
- Catalogue Description: Wooden headrest in three parts with octagonal pillar inscribed in two columns with name and titles of Ht (Khet). Condition: One side of base has large gap; pillar badly split, rest chipped at one end. The headrest seems to be a re-used piece as the surfaces now containing inscriptions have very obviously been cut down, presumably to efface an earlier inscription.
- Record Completeness: Best (82%)