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Menat (counterpoise)

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Used to keep heavy collars from sliding down the neck, this counterpoise (menat) is comprised of three images of the goddess Hathor. In the center is a standing figure of Hathor holding a was scepter; below is a roundel containing the image of Hathor as a cow, standing in a papyrus skiff. The...

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Provenance

From Semna: Room Q. 1928: Excavated by the Harvard University-Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of the Sudan. (Accession Date: January 1, 1928)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Necklace counteroise with Queen Tiye as the goddess Hathor

Egyptian, New Kingdom, Dynasty 18, reign of Amenhotep III, 1390–1352 B.C.

Object Place for Label

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Semna, Sudan

Dimensions

height x width (max) x depth: 13.8 x 4.5 x 0.2 cm (5 7/16 x 1 3/4 x 1/16 in.)

Accession Number

29.1199

Medium or Technique

Bronze

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets