Bronze menat-counterpoise amulet: this fine openwork amulet with details incised on both faces depicts the goddess Hathor in three separate manifestations. At the top she is in human form wearing a crown composed of upreared cobras. On one face the throne name of King Amenhotep III (Nebmaatre) is written in a cartouche just below her wig. On the other face the goddess's own epithet "Mistress of the sycamore fig" appears in the same place. The shaft of the counterpoise takes the form of Hathors fetish, which represents the handle of a sistrum or rattle. Here the goddess is characteristically frontally faced with cow's ears. The fetish stands on the hieroglyph for "gold," a reference to Hathor's epithet "the Golden One." In the roundel she takes the form of a cow, archetypal mother, wearing a sun disc between her horns (she was daughter of the sun god), and sailing through the marshes of the delta in a papyrus skiff.
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