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Menat amulet

Nubian
Napatan Period, reign of Anlamani
623–593 B.C


Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Nuri, Pyramid 21, stairs

Dimensions

Length: 12 cm (4 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

17-1-387

Medium or Technique

Faience

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Amulets

This intact menat amulet is decorated with a 12-lobed rosette. 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 one, were made of bluish-green faience.

Provenance

From Nuri, pyramid 21 (tomb of an unidentified queen), stairs. 1917: 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