'Menat necklace in Dendera.' The crypt below the southern wall of the Hathor Temple at Dendera was used for the safe keeping of several sacred objects and statues used in the rites of Hathor. On the walls of the crypt these objects are depicted in reliefs and described in some detail. Here we see such an object: a Menat necklace, which, when held in the hand and shaken, produced a rustling sound that was thought to please the goddess Hathor. The object consisted of a counterweight, which, when worn, was meant to be located at the back of the neck and which was connected by beaded strings to four sistrums and the actual semicircular necklace. The sistrums were musical instruments in their own right and each was decorated with the face of Hathor. The faces symbolized the four cardinal points of the universe and stress the universal character of the sky goddess Hathor, who was also called "Lady with the four Faces". Between two of the heavenly sistrums the solar bark glides through the sky. On the right we see Isis seated on a throne.