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23 Wooden headrest

Ficus sycomorus

Egypt
New Kingdom (1550-1069 BC) (?)

This form of headrest is typical of the New Kingdom and was manufactured in three separate pieces of wood. When samples of wood were taken Sarcoptes scabei (scabies mites) were found in the sample from the underside of the platform. It is possible that they are ancient. There are traces of gesso (a plaster mix) on the surface.

Given by R.G. Gayer-Anderson
The Fitzwilliam Museum Cambridge, E.GA.2668.1943

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