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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.

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.

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