Menat (counterpoise)

Necklace counteroise with Queen Tiye as the goddess Hathor

New Kingdom, Dynasty 18, reign of Amenhotep III
1390–1352 B.C.

Findspot: Sudan, Semna, Room R


Height x length x width: 13.8 x 4.5 x 0.2 cm (5 7/16 x 1 3/4 x 1/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


Jewelry, The Ancient World



Used to keep heavy collars from sliding down the neck, this counterpoise (menat) is comprised of three images of the goddess Hathor. In the center is a standing figure of Hathor holding a was scepter; below is a roundel containing the image of Hathor as a cow, standing in a papyrus skiff. The menat is topped by the head of Hathor wearing the vulture wig and the horned solar disk.


From Semna: Room Q. 1928: Excavated by the Harvard University-Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of the Sudan.
(Accession Date: January 1, 1928)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition