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Fragment of a menat amulet

This fragment of a 12-lobed rosette was part of an amulet called a menat. 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 fragment, were made of...

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Provenance

From Nuri, pyramid 1 (tomb of Taharqa). 1916: 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

Nubian, Napatan Period, reign of Taharqa, 690–664 B.C.

Object Place for Label

Nuri, Nubia (Sudan)

Findspot

Nuri, Nubia (Sudan)

Dimensions

Length x thickness: 7.3 x 0.5 cm (2 7/8 x 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

16-12-192

Medium or Technique

Faience

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets