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18 Wooden headrest

Acacia species

Old Kingdom (2707-2170 BC) ?

This headrest has been dated to the Old Kingdom on account of the square abacus at the top of the central support; a form that more usually appears on stone headrests. An x-ray of this object reveals an unusual manufacturing technique. There are two crossed pins in the top forming a dove-tail dowel; this technique is more commonly found on the corners of Egyptian wooden coffins. Here it has been used to secure the central support and platform together.

Bequeathed by R.G. Gayer-Anderson
The Fitzwilliam Museum Cambridge, E.GA.293.1949

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