Ancient Egyptians slept on stone pillows

(ORDO NEWS) — For the past two millennia, people have enjoyed the soft comfort of pillows. But before this feather luxury, people used to lean their heads on unusual stone headrests.

In the main photo, one of the eight headrests found in Tutankhamun’s tomb is carved from ivory and depicts the god Shu supporting a carved element that would have rested the king’s head.

The headrest has been designed to keep your head elevated while you sleep. It usually consisted of a flat base and a concave section on top.

Headrests made of marble, ivory, ceramic, stone, wood and even glass have been found by archaeologists in Egyptian tombs used from 3000 BC to 30 BC.

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Photo from open sources / Magical amulets in the form of headrests were popular in the late period of Egypt (662-332 BC). The Glencairn collection has an example of one of these amulets (E519) in hematite, a dark stone

Egyptian stone pillows performed a practical function. With beds close to the floor, head restraints will help keep insects and vermin out of your mouth, nose, ears, or face. In hot climates, the headrest also allowed air currents to flow under the head and cool the sleeper.


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