Fragments of menat amulets

Nubian
Napatan Period, reign of Aramatelka
568–555 B.C.


Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Nuri, Pyramid 9 (tomb of Amtalqa), stairs

Accession Number

16-12-121

Medium or Technique

Faience

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Amulets

The menat, or counterweight to a broad collar, was sacred to the goddess Hathor. It was a popular protective amulet,and large numbers were found in the Nubian royal tombs. Most examples, like these fragments, were made of bluish-green faience.

Provenance

From Nuri, pyramid 9 (tomb of Amtalqa), stairs. 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.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition