As still in parts of Africa today, and in Japanese tradition,
the Egyptians liked to sleep with their upper neck supported by a headrest.
(click on the images to see a larger image and the archaeological context)
Headrests of the Old Kingdom (about 2686-2181 BC) in the Petrie Museum
Headrest of the First Intermediate Period and Early Middle Kingdom (about 2025-1700 BC)
A woman sleeping with head on a headrest
Headrests not in the Petrie Museum
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