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Object Number: E11367
Current Location: Egypt (Sphinx) Gallery
Currently On Display
Provenience: Egypt
Locus: An 7, Tomb Chapel
Period: New Kingdom
Twentieth Dynasty
Date Made: 1190 - 1075 B.C.E.
Early Date: -1191
Late Date: -1074
Credit Line:The Eckley B. Coxe Jr. Expedition to Nubia, Aniba; D. Randall-MacIver and C. L. Wooley, 1911


This stela comes from the tomb of a man named Mery who was the Overseer of the King's Treasury in Nubia. Mery was buried with his wife, Taweretherity. She was a Songtress of Amun.In the upper row, on the left, Mery faces the hawk-headed sun god Re-Horakhty and his daughter, Maat. On the right Mery stands before the god Osiris, the primary funerary deity. Standing behind Osiris is his wife, Isis. Osiris is depicted with green skin due to his associations with vegetation and regeneration. In the lower row Mery and his wife, seated before a table of offerings, receive incense and water libation from their children. The hieroglyphic text below contains a hymn to the sun god. Across the top and continuing down the sides are two prayers to Osiris and Re-Horakhty. The stela is topped with a molded cornice decorated with palm leaves. A complete break in the stone runs diagonally through the upper section of the inscribed face. All of the well-preserved colors are original.

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Silk Road Highlights Supplement (10 Feb 2011)View Objects in Exhibition


[Article] Moon, Margaret L. 1935. The Stela of Mery. The University Museum Bulletin. 6 (2) : Page/Fig./Plate: 43-45View Objects cited in this Publication

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