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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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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


Semna, Sudan


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


Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Jewelry / Adornment, Amulets