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.
Otter statue, bronze or copper alloy. 664-30 BCE. In myth otters were attached to the goddess of Lower Egypt, Wadjet, During the Late Period and Ptolemaic times bronze otter statuettes like this were common in her cult centered in Buto, in the northern Delta. The Raised paws signifies the otter's adoration of the sun god when he rises in the morning.
Goddess figurines, Late Minoan. These Minoan “Goddesses” with Upraised Arms (MGUA) are clay, wheel made statuettes that were found in small, bench shrines of refuge settlements of the Late Minoan IIIC period (c. 12th century BCE), founded following the collapse of the Mycenaean palaces. Photo: Courtesy of Professor Louise Hitchcock.