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The Egyptian Deities
The Animals of Ancient Egypt
Ancient Egyptian Food
The Flowers, Herbs, and Trees of Ancient Egypt
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Quotes from the Book of the Dead
A Dictionary of Egyptian Hieroglyphics
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An item of everyday life that was buried with the dead,
often lay within the coffin with the head resting on one. Sometimes a small amulet of a headrest, made of
, was included in the
wrappings. This amulet was believed to protect the head of the
The use of a headrest not only ensured a relatively comfortable position while sleeping, but also enabled air to circulate around the head, an added advantage in a warm climate like that of Egypt. This type of headrest was used to cup the side of the face as one slept on one’s side, and it may have been padded and wrapped to make it comfortable. The base of the headrest often features a tenon, perhaps for locking it in place on a bed.
Egyptian headrests were made of wood,
, slate, or
, and often decorated with protective deities such as
. This simple type of headrest changed little throughout the three millennia of Egyptian civilization, appearing as early as the
and continuing through the
. Similar headrests are still manufactured in West Africa.
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