The Amulet of the Menat

The Amulet of the Menat
The Amulet of the Menat was in use in Egypt as early as the 6th dynasty, and it was dead or held or took with the sistrum by gods, kings, priests, priestesses, etc.; normally it is held in the hand, but it is much worn on the neck. Its target was to bring rejoice and health to the wearer, and it was conceived to have magical properties; it symbolise nutrition  and strength, and the mightiness of the male and female variety meats of multiplication, mystically took, was thought to be united therein. The amulet is made in stone, porcelain, and other substances, and when laid upon the body of the dead took to it the power of life and breeding.