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20 Wooden headrest

Middle Kingdom (2119-1793 BC) ?

This wooden headrest is carved from one piece of wood and is roughly finished with traces of adze marks still visible. The platform is smoothly finished and so the object could still have functioned in spite of the rough finish on the rest of the surface area. The headrest was purchased by E.A. Wallis Budge for the museum in 1887. The number 4363 is written in ink on the side, which may refer to an auction number, or site number. This headrest was purchased with another for £1. The form of this headrest is unusual and its date is uncertain. The Museum is awaiting the results of radiocarbon testing in order to establish if it is ancient, or a more recent example.

The Fitzwilliam Museum Cambridge, E.22a.1887

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