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.
ca. 800 B.C.E. or later
Third Intermediate Period-Late Period
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)
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