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Menat amulet

This intact menat amulet is decorated with a 12-lobed rosette. 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 Nuri, pyramid 21 (tomb of an unidentified queen), stairs. 1917: 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 Anlamani, 623–593 B.C

Object Place for Label

Nuri, Nubia (Sudan)

Findspot

Nuri, Nubia (Sudan)

Dimensions

Length: 12 cm (4 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

17-1-387

Medium or Technique

Faience

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets