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Relief fragment with a cobra on the royal head- Period: Middle Kingdom Dynasty: Dynasty 11 Reign: reign of Mentuhotep II, later Date: ca. 2020–2000 B.C. Geography: Country of Origin Egypt, Upper Egypt; Thebes, Deir el-Bahri, Temple of Mentuhotep II Medium: Painted indurated limestone
Menat of Taharqo, Late Period, Dynasty 25, reign of Taharqo, ca. 690–664 b.c. This faience menat represents part of a heavy necklace carried in ritual scenes. Menat was Egyptian artifact which, like the sistrum, was closely connected with the goddess Hathor. It was held in the hand by its counterpoise and used as a rattle by Hathor's priestesses. Often it was worn as a protective amulet, even by Apis bulls, the sons of Hathor.