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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)

New Kingdom (about 1550-1069 BC)

UC 16756

A woman sleeping with head on a headrest

Late Period

UC 14646, head rest found at Memphis

Headrests not in the Petrie Museum

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