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Fragments of a menat amulet

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, wee made of bluish-green faience.This fragmentary example has a royal cartouche on the back.


From Nuri, pyramid 6 (tomb of Anlamani), stairs. 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.

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Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

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


Nuri, Nubia (Sudan)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets