Egyptian Faience Menat Counterpoise

Egyptian Faience Menat Counterpoise

An ancient Egyptian blue faience Menat counterpoise with a depiction of the lion headed goddess Sekhmet in profile.

Late Period.
Ca. 700 - 30 BC.
Height: 1 7/8 in. (4.8 cm).

The Menat was a protective ritual object associated with the goddess Hathor. It was a counterweight of a necklace which dangled on the wearer's back. It often depicted of deities the feminine deities Hathor and Sekhmet.

cf.: C. Andrews, Amulets of Ancient Egypt, (Texas, 1994), no. 40.

Formerly in a Canadian private collection.

Inv#: 6700


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