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Standing statue of Merti's wife

Period:
Old Kingdom
Dynasty:
Dynasty 5
Reign:
reign of Isesi–Unis
Date:
ca. 2381–2323 B.C. probably
Geography:
From Egypt, Memphite Region, Saqqara, Tomb of Merti
Medium:
Acacia, paint (pink and white gesso layers), Gesso
Dimensions:
52 3/8 in. (133 cm)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1926
Accession Number:
26.2.3
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 103
Merti was a high official and provincial governor. Eleven exceptionally large wooden statues were found in the serdab (statue chamber) of his tomb. Five are in the collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art (26.2.2 - 26.2.6); five, including two wooden scribes, are in the Egyptian Museum, Cairo; and one is in the Medlhavsmuseet, Stockholm.
Most of these statues represent Merti in various aspects of his life and career, denoted by changes in wigs and garments. Surprisingly, three statues of women were also present, each in a different wig. The females may represent Merti's wife, or his his wife and other relatives.
Excavated by the Egyptian Antiquities Service at Saqqara. Purchased by the Museum from the Egyptian Government, 1926.

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