Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
On View: Egypt Reborn: Art for Eternity, Old Kingdom to 18th Dynasty, Egyptian Galleries, 3rd Floor
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)
Gift of Spink and Son, Ltd.
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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
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