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Copy of wood headrest from tomb of Hetepheres I; made by Jospeh Gerte, Boston.

Details

  • ID
    MFAB_29.1859
  • Department
    Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
  • Classification
    Reproductions & paintings
  • Findspot
    G 7000 X (original). Reproduction commissioned for the MFA and made by Boston cabinetmaker Jospeh Gerte, 1929.
  • Material
    Wood, silver, gold
  • Dimensions
    Height x width x depth: 20.5 x 17.2 x 7.8 cm (8 1/16 x 6 3/4 x 3 1/16 in.)
  • Credit Line
    Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition
  • Object Ownership Information
    MFA
  • Period
    Old Kingdom, Dynasty 4, reign of Snefru - reign of Khufu
  • Attested
    Hetepheres I (G 7000 X)
  • Individual - Modern
    Joseph Gerte, American
  • Notes
    This is a reproduction of an object excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition, but was not recorded in any object register book. (Accession Date: January 1, 1929)
  • Remarks
    Headrest: original reconstruction in collection of Egyptian Museum, Cairo (JE 53262); copy in collection of Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA 29.1859).

Tombs and Monuments 1

Published Documents 2

Full Bibliography

  • Freed, Rita E., Lawrence M. Berman, and Denise M. Doxey. Arts of Ancient Egypt. MFA Highlights. Boston: MFA Publications, 2003, pp. 70-71.

    Markowitz, Yvonne J., Joyce L. Haynes, and Rita E. Freed. Egypt in the Age of the Pyramids: Highlights from the Harvard University–Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Expedition. Boston: MFA Publications, 2002, pp. 48-51, cat. 1g.

    No author. The Tomb of Queen Hetep-heres. Boston: Museum of Fine Arts, no date, p. 10.

    Reisner, George A. "The Bed Canopy of the Mother of Cheops." Bulletin of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston 30, no. 180 (August 1932), p. 55, unnumbered fig.

Photos 18

People 2

Ancient People

  • Hetepheres I (G 7000 X)

    • Type Attested
    • Remarks Wife of King Snefru, founder of Egypt’s Fourth Dynasty, and mother of King Khufu, builder of the Great Pyramid. Her burial was hidden in a secret chamber (labeled G 7000 X) nearly 90 feet underground, and contained beautiful pieces of gilded and inlaid wooden furniture, silver jewelry, and a large alabaster sarcophagus that was found to be mysteriously empty.

Modern People

  • Joseph Gerte

    • Type Individual - Modern
    • Nationality & Dates American