Napatan Period, reign of Anlamani or Aspelta
Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Nuri, Pyramid 24 (tomb of Queen Nansalsa)
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.)
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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.
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)
Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition