Fragment of a menat amulet
Napatan Period, reign of Taharqa
Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Nuri, Pyramid 1 (tomb of Taharqa)
Length x thickness: 7.3 x 0.5 cm (2 7/8 x 3/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
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This fragment of a 12-lobed rosette was part of an amulet called a menat. The menat, or counterweight to a broad collar, was sacred to the goddess Hathor. It was a popular protective amulet,and large numbers were founf in the Nubian royal tombs. Most examples, like this fragment, were made of bluish-green faience.
From Nuri, pyramid 1 (tomb of Taharqa). 1916: excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Sudan.
Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition