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Time Piece

A look at everyday objects from the past

LAID TO REST

All the Ancient Egyptians needed for a comfy night’s sleep...

Imagine reaching the end of a long day, climbing into bed and resting your head... not on a soft pillow, but this Ancient Egyptian headrest. While this example, from the 18th Dynasty of the New Kingdom in the 14th century BC, is made of wood, similarly uncomfortable-sounding stone, ivory and marble variants were also used. This one features duck heads on the legs and the face of the god Bes, protector of mothers and children. Protector of neck cramps may have been more appropriate.

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In this month’s issue… Henry VIII’s Six Weddings While every detail of Prince Harry’s wedding to Meghan Markle has been anticipated and analysed, the nuptials of his Tudor namesake Henry VIII are less familiar. Alison Weir peers behind the drapes of the six days that preceded ‘divorced, beheaded, died…’. Plus: the CIA heist of a sunken Soviet nuclear sub during the Cold War; Wounded Knee massacre; female Pharaohs; the 1820 plot to murder the Cabinet; and Lee Miller’s photos of WWII