Small Hematite Amulet of a Headrest

Culture: Egyptian
Period: Late Period, 664-332 B.C.
Material: Hematite
Dimensions: 1.5 cm x 1.8 cm
Price: 200 Euro
Ref: 1281
Provenance: Collection Ezeldeen Taha Eldarir, acquired on 15 May 1930 from Salahaddin Sirmali in Cairo and then brought to the USA.
Condition: Of excellent condition.
Description: Amulet of a headrest ("Weres amulet") of grey stone, possibly hematite. The headrest pierced lengthwise along the neck for suspension. On both sides engraved with vertical lines. Headrest amulets were exclusively used in the sepulchral field. It should enable the deceased to raise from the horizontal position to start his life in the hereafter. It should in addition protect him to be decapitated by hostile forces.