The ancient Egyptians slept on beds covered with mattresses and provided with headrests. It is believed that the headrest allowed air to circulate round the neck of the sleeper, or kept his hairstyle in shape. In this headrest, the base, the shaft and the neck support are carved from the same block.
The gold cow might have been used as an amulet or a piece of inlay. Attached to its neck is a sistrum, which is a musical rattle and symbol of the goddess Hathor. In Ancient Egypt, the cow is Hathor's sacred animal.
This marvelous bed, which belonged to Queen Hetepheres, rests on four gilded wooden supports in the form of lion's legs. Her son, King Khufu, transferred her funerary bed from Dahshur to Giza to provide more security.
The bust portrays King Neferefre. His eyes and eyebrows are depicted with cosmetic lines in a remarkable way. He is shown wearing the traditional Nemes headdress, the upper part of which is not striped as usual.
During the New Kingdom, these architectural elements were used for decoration in secular or religious buildings such as royal palaces where they adorned the bottoms of the windows. This piece consists of two heads representing foreign enemies from the north, depicted with their characteristic pointed beards.
This double statue probably depicts Meres-ankh and his wife, as it was found in his mastaba (tomb) at Giza. The man wears a curled wig, and has a fine mustache. He is wearing a short kilt with an overlap and a wide collar of polychrome faience. The lady's arm is round the shoulder of her husband.
The husband and wife are shown standing; both of them are wearing wigs that reach their shoulders. The woman's wig is detailed and composed of multiple plaits. The man wears a moustache; such moustaches were mostly depicted on the statuary of the Old Kingdom. Seated or standing statues of this type show the charming, close relationship between a husband and his wife.
The false door of Ishti has scenes showing him sitting on a block chair at an offering table heaped with rows of loaves of bread. A false door allows the soul and guardian spirit of the dead to receive offerings and hear prayers.
This false door portrays Nikaure and his wife, Ihat. A false door allows the deceased to receive offerings and hear the prayers of the living. Nikaure and Ihat sit at an offering table and members of their family carry offerings for them.
In the door's window, Pepi-Seneb sits at an offering table. On the lintel, the horizontal stone above the door, the Hetep-di-nisw formula of the offerings is written to allow the dead to receive eternal offerings.