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Statuette of Merer

Period:
Middle Kingdom
Dynasty:
Dynasty 10–11
Date:
ca. 1981–1802 B.C.
Geography:
From Egypt; Probably from Asyut (Lykopolis); Said to be from Middle Egypt, Meir
Medium:
Wood, paint
Dimensions:
13 3/16 in. (33.5 cm)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1910
Accession Number:
10.176.58
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 112
The four statues 10.176.57-.60 belonged to the Scribe of Divine Offerings Merer. Their short kilts are covered with spells from the Coffin Texts. The phrase inscribed on the two middle-sized figures (.58 and .60) is typical: "Oh Osiris Merer, come with me and I will open for you your eyes that they may lead you on the ways of darkness and that they may put fear of you into the Imperishable Ones, as did Horus for his father Osiris."
Purchased by the Museum from Mohammed Mohassib, Luxor, 1910.

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