<em>Headrest of Shemai</em>, ca. 2288–2170 B.C.E. Alabaster, pigment, 7 5/8 in. (19.4 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 59.3. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 59.3_front_bw.jpg)

Headrest of Shemai

Medium: Alabaster, pigment

Geograhical Locations:

Dates:ca. 2288–2170 B.C.E.

Dimensions: 7 5/8 in. (19.4 cm) base: 6 3/16 × 2 3/4 in. (15.7 × 7 cm)


Museum Location: Old Kingdom to 18th Dynasty, Egyptian Galleries, 3rd Floor


Accession Number: 59.3

Image: 59.3_front_bw.jpg,

Catalogue Description:
Alabaster headrest made in three parts with fluted column. Inscribed in two lines and one column for the Village headman and Courtier sm3.1 (? or sm3), inscription incised and inlaid in malachite. Condition: One chip (recent) on rim of headpiece. Much inlay lost from inscription. The three sections were glued together by Kofler.

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