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Ivory Headrest with the figure of god Shu from King Tutankhamun’s collection

New Kingdom
 
H. 17.4 cm, L. 28.5 cm, W. 8.9 cm
This headrest had a magical function in ancient Egypt. This example shows Shu, God of the Air, holding a curved support for the head.
 
The two lions symbolize the mountains on the eastern and western horizons, between which the sun rose and set. The headrest was designed to support the pharaoh’s head between the 2 horizons as he travelled through the afterlife.
 
 
 
     
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
    Basin with Boat  
Cosmetic Jar
 
Sunshade
 
Ivory Headrest
     
Thutmose III