Two Fragments of a Menat?
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)
- Collections:Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
- Museum Location: This item is on view in Egypt Reborn: Art for Eternity, Old Kingdom to 18th Dynasty, Egyptian Galleries, 3rd Floor
- Accession Number: 44.159.2
- Credit Line: Gift of Spink and Son, Ltd.
- Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
- Caption: Two Fragments of a 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
- Record Completeness: Good (75%)