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Fragments of menat amulets

These seven fragments come from a pair of amulet known as menats. 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 these, were made of bluish-green faience.


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)


Nuri, Nubia (Sudan)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets