Fragment of menat

Egyptian
New Kingdom, Dynasty 18
1550–1070 B.C.


Findspot: Deir El-Bahari, Egypt

Dimensions

Length x width x depth: 9 x 4.5 x 1.1 cm (3 9/16 x 1 3/4 x 7/16 in.)

Accession Number

06.2470

Medium or Technique

Faience

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets

This is a fragment of a menat would have been a component of a broad necklace/collar heavy enough to require a counterweight. It is made of blue glazed faience and takes a characteristic shape: flat with straight, somewhat flaring sides that culminate in a circular to oval end. Niether sied carries additional decoration. The original top (i.e. side of attachment) portion with suspension hole has broken away and is missing. The glazed surface shows some cracking.

Provenance

From Thebes, Deir-el-Bahri, Temple of Nebhepetra Mentuhotep II. 1906: excavated by the Egypt Exploration Fund; assigned to the Egypt Exploration Fund in the division of finds by the government of Egypt; received by the MFA through subscription to the Egypt Exploration Fund.
(Accession Date: October 11, 1906)

Credit Line

Egypt Exploration Fund by subscription