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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.


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)


Nuri, Nubia (Sudan)


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

Accession Number


Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets