Menat of Taharqo: the King Being Nursed by the Lion-Headed Goddess Bastet

Period: Late Period, Kushite

Dynasty: Dynasty 25

Reign: reign of Taharqo

Date: 690–664 B.C.

Geography: Possibly from Nubia; From Egypt and Sudan

Medium: Faience

Dimensions: h. 9.5 cm (3 3/4 in); w. 4.4 cm (1 3/4 in); th. 0.8 cm (5/16 in)

Credit Line: Bequest of W. Gedney Beatty, 1941

Accession Number: 41.160.104


This menat, or necklace counterpose, is decorated with a relief scene showing King Taharqo as a child nursed by a the goddess Bastet, implying his divine status. The delicate faience material indicates the menat was not meant for use as part of a menat necklace shaken in temple ceremonies, but rather might have been a temple donation or possibly intended for the pharaoh's burial.