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4 Wooden headrest

Ficus Sycomorus

Sedment, Egypt
First Intermediate Period (2170-2020 BC)

This headrest is manufactured in two parts. It was heavily coated with surface coating post-excavation, most probably in order to consolidate the surface and protect the wood. Petrie discusses his methodology in “Methods and Aims in Archaeology” where it states he would often coat wooden objects in paraffin wax. The headrest comes from grave number 1592 at Sedment, which belonged to a female, and was 10 feet below the surface. The excavation notes mention a coffin in the grave with white painted fragments.

Given by the British School of Archaeology in Egypt
The Fitzwilliam Museum Cambridge, E.6.1921

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