This object was placed at the back of a multistringed necklace to balance its weight. Also, the beads of the necklace were shaken as a rattle in temple rituals, producing a sound thought to be pleasing to goddesses. This example was dedicated to the goddess Mut, represented as both a standing female and a vulture with a scepter. The queen's head carved at the top symbolizes the close connection between Mut and the reigning queen, her earthly counterpart.
- Medium: Bronze, gold
- Place Made: Egypt
- Dates: ca. 1390-1353 B.C.E.
- Dynasty: XVIII Dynasty
- Period: New Kingdom
- Dimensions: 2 1/8 x 6 3/4 in. (5.4 x 17.2 cm) (show scale)
- Collections:Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
- Museum Location: This item is on view in Egypt Reborn: Art for Eternity, Egyptian Orientation Gallery, 3rd Floor
- Accession Number: 49.116
- Credit Line: Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
- Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
- Caption: Menat, ca. 1390-1353 B.C.E. Bronze, gold, 2 1/8 x 6 3/4 in. (5.4 x 17.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 49.116. Creative Commons-BY
- Record Completeness: Best (82%)