<em>Headrest with Two Images of the God Bes</em>, 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 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 37.435E_front_PS2.jpg)

Headrest with Two Images of the God Bes

Medium: Wood

Geograhical Locations:

Dates:ca. 1539–1190 B.C.E.

Dimensions: 7 x 11 1/4 x 3 in. (17.8 x 28.6 x 7.6 cm)


Museum Location: Egyptian Orientation Gallery, 3rd Floor


Accession Number: 37.435E

Image: 37.435E_front_PS2.jpg,

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.

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