Menat amulet

Nubian
Napatan Period, reign of Anlamani or Aspelta
623–568 B.C


Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Nuri, Pyramid 24 (tomb of Queen Nansalsa)

Dimensions

Height x width x depth: 6.5 x 2.7 x 0.7 cm (2 9/16 x 1 1/16 x 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

20.959

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 this one, were made of bluish-green faience.

Provenance

From Nuri, pyramid 24 (tomb of Queen Nansalsa). 1918: 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.

(Accession date: March 1, 1920)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition