Fragment of menat

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

Findspot: Egypt, Deir El-Bahari, Temple of Mentuhetep


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


Medium or Technique


Not On View


Jewelry, The Ancient World



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.


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