About this object

Decorative counterpoise (menat). Originally suspended from a necklace by the ring at the top that is now broken. Openwork design with chased details on flat bronze. Representation of a lion goddess's head in profile (Sekhmet or Bastet) with the body being depicted as a shrine, inside which stands a full-length figure of the lion-heded goddess who wears a sun-disc on her head, that would suggest the image is Sekhmet. The roundel below has traditional block border and contains five papyrus plants. Two papyrus plants reach out from above the roundel and touch the sides of the shrine. In places there are signs of the original polychrome appearance of the metal. Late 18th Dynasty.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Personal Ornament
  • Culture
    New Kingdom
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date made
    1390 BC - 1295 BC about
  • Materials
  • Location
    World Museum, Level 3, Ancient Egypt Gallery
  • Acquisition
    Purchased from Christie's, 1987
  • Collector
    Liverpool Museum
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date collected
    1983 before
  • Measurements
    3 mm x 42 mm x 145 mm
  • Note
    Compare with 'Egypt's Golden Age' (1982), p. 306 [cat. no. 418]; Compare with 'Kahun, Gurob and Hawara' (1890), pl.X [no. 77]
  • Related people
    Liverpool City Museum ( Collector, previous owner)

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Previous owners

  • Liverpool City Museum

    Owned from: 1987-07-10
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: Unknown or unrecorded
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
Object view = Humanities
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