Headrest of Irut

Headrest of Irut

c. 2454-2140 BC


Overall: 19.5 x 18.8 x 7.4 cm (7 11/16 x 7 3/8 x 2 15/16 in.)

Gift of the John Huntington Art and Polytechnic Trust 1914.626



The ancient Egyptians used wooden headrests as pillows. Stone headrests were replicas made for the tomb. This example is inscribed on the top of the supporting column for "the king’s noblewoman, Irut."

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