Headrest with Two Images of the God Bes
Headrests like this were used in life to support the head while sleeping. They are also found supporting a mummy’s head in the coffin. This headrest perhaps was made specifically for the tomb, since the offering prayer has been inscribed on the supporting column, or the prayer was added after the death of the owner.
- Medium: Wood
- Place Found: Saqqara, Egypt
- Dates: ca. 1539-1190 B.C.E.
- Dynasty: XVIII Dynasty or early XIX Dynasty
- Period: New Kingdom
- Dimensions: 7 x 11 1/4 x 3 in. (17.8 x 28.6 x 7.6 cm) (show scale)
- Collections:Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
- Museum Location: This item is not on view
- Accession Number: 37.435E
- Credit Line: Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
- Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
- Caption: Headrest with Two Images of the God Bes, ca. 1539-1190 B.C.E. Wood, 7 x 11 1/4 x 3 in. (17.8 x 28.6 x 7.6 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.435E. Creative Commons-BY
- Catalogue Description: Wooden headrest made in three pieces; top, small central part of column, and base. The pieces are joined together by means of tenons and pegs. A rectangular plug of wood in the top appears to hide one tenon. The supporting column is fluted. On one side of the support is incised an inscription. At either end of the base is an incised representation of the god Bes. In one case he holds out an object in each hand. In the other representation he appears to hold what could be a schematic representation of a headrest. "An offering which the king gives to Maat for the ka-soul of the retainer, Peh-erw-aa(?)" Condition: Chipped and scratched; some holes, especially on top.
- Record Completeness: Best (92%)