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Meskhetyu Instrument From Foundation Deposit C, Hatshepsut's Temple

Period:
New Kingdom
Dynasty:
Dynasty 18
Reign:
Joint reign of Hatshepsut and Thutmose III
Date:
ca. 1479–1458 B.C.
Geography:
From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Deir el-Bahri, Temple of Hatshepsut, forecourt, Foundation Deposit 3 (C), MMA excavations, 1923–24
Medium:
Wood
Dimensions:
L. 25.9 cm (10 3/16 in.); W. 2 cm (13/16 in.); H. 6.7 cm (2 5/8 in.)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1925
Accession Number:
25.3.40
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 116
This "meskhetyu" instrument would have been used at the "opening of the mouth" ritual, which was intended to allow the deceased to come to life. The ceremony would have been pereformed at the consecration of a temple to enable the sculptures and the images on the walls to function as their living counterparts.
Museum excavations 1923–24. Acquired by the Museum in the division of finds, 1925.

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