Headrest with Bes-Image and Taweret
Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
ca. 1539-1425 B.C.E. B.C.E.
early Dynasty 18
7 1/4 x 11 7/16 x 2 15/16 in. (18.4 x 29 x 7.5 cm)
base: 2 15/16 x 11 5/8 in. (7.5 x 29.5 cm) (show scale)
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Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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Headrest with Bes-Image and Taweret, ca. 1539-1425 B.C.E. B.C.E. Wood, 7 1/4 x 11 7/16 x 2 15/16 in. (18.4 x 29 x 7.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.440E. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 37.440E_side1.jpg)
side, 37.440E_side1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2003
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One wooden headrest made in three pieces forming a sharply curved, single columnar shaft. The first piece forms the curved pillow and upper half of the column; the second (smallest piece) fits between the first and third, which forms the lowest quarter of the object and its base. The three pieces are secured by a dowel (end is visible on pillow). A round headed disc pierced with a tiny dowel holds the two in place. There is one column of inscription naming the owner yywy on one side of the main support. The opposite side shows Bes. There are two images of Taweret one on each end of the upper face of the base.
Condition: One end of the pillow is broken off and a jagged edge is exposed. Large gaping holes at both sides of the base as well as in the shaft. Two nearly parallel cracks on the shaft; some splintering as well.
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