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Openwork Menat

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

Jewelry for both life and death, the menat was originally associated with the goddess Hathor but later related to many other goddesses as well, as a symbol of protection, victory, life, birth, and rebirth. Here, these ideas are conveyed by double images (from left to right) of Mut, Sakhmet, and Hathor (or lsis-Hathor) below the sun, which is shown victoriously born/reborn as a child. Baboons, which are also hieroglyphs for "good" and "beautiful," praise his rising at dawn.

MEDIUM Faience, glazed
DATES ca. 800 B.C.E. or later
PERIOD Third Intermediate Period-Late Period
DIMENSIONS 44.159.2a: 2 11/16 x 2 3/16 in. (6.9 x 5.5 cm) 44.159.2b: 2 5/16 x 2 3/4 in. (5.9 x 7 cm)  (show scale)
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
ACCESSION NUMBER 44.159.2
CREDIT LINE Gift of Spink and Son, Ltd.
RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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CAPTION Openwork Menat, ca. 800 B.C.E. or later. Faience, glazed, 44.159.2a: 2 11/16 x 2 3/16 in. (6.9 x 5.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Spink and Son, Ltd., 44.159.2. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.44.159.2_wwgA-2.jpg)
IMAGE installation, West Wing gallery A-2 installation, CUR.44.159.2_wwgA-2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2005
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