Fragment of a Menat Necklace


Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
published on 07 September 2019
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This bronze fragment (with gold insoles) was part of a Menat (also Minet) necklace. On the right, a child-god, wearing a rearing cobra (uraeus) on his head stands before the goddess Mut-Sekhmet-Bastet. The child-god proffers a sistrum to the goddess and holds a Menat as a symbol of appeasement. The goddess is seated and is associated with the god Re.

The hieroglyphic signs mention the name of the vizier Harsiesi; he was a High Priest of Amun in Thebes and ruled as an antagonist to the Libyan ruler Takelot I (of the 22nd Dynasty) in Lower Egypt. The central scene is flanked by plants of Upper and Lower Egypt (topped by their corresponding animal), representing their union.

From Thebes, Egypt. Third Intermediate Period, 22nd (Bubastite or Libyan) Dynasty, c. 870 BCE. It is on display at the Neues Museum, Berlin, Germany.

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Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
Associate Professor of Neurology and lover of the Cradle of Civilization, Mesopotamia. I'm very interested in Mesopotamian history and always try to take photos of archaeological sites and artifacts in museums, both in Iraq and around the world.

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