Headrest

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A solid headrest, cut in block form from a single piece of wood. It has an oval base with the central column levelled out at the corners to create four additional faces, flaring outwards at the top and bottom. The headrest has a wide curve with the ends rounded, the left end noticeably higher than the right. There is some damage at the edges and base of curve. The headrest shows a development from the traditional Old Kingdom block form, especially those from Dishasha. Discovered by John Garstang during excavations at Beni Hassan in the early 1900's. From Tomb 554.