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Fragment of a double menat amulet

Double menat sign fragment. 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 Nubia (Sudan) Gebel Barkal, between B 600 and B 700 (disturbed debris). 1916: excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of the Sudan.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Nubian,

Findspot

Gebel Barkal, Nubia

Accession Number

16-3-343b

Medium or Technique

Faience

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets