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6. Stone headrest


Sedment, Egypt
Dynasty 5 or 6 (2504-2216 BC)

The inscription on the headrest states that its owner Meryrahashetef held the title of “Sole Companion”, “Keeper of the Palace Garden” and “Lector Priest”. The inscription, in hieroglyphic script, filled with blue paste, lists the Deceased’s name and titles four times. The central support forms two hands, which support the platform, and so the head of the user; at the base are two ankles with incomplete feet. Petrie described the substantial rock-cut tomb, where the headrest was found as “… unique in its style, inscriptions, and beauty of workmanship and material.”

Given by the British School of Archaeology in Egypt
The British Museum,1923,0113.3

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