Meskhetyu Instrument From Foundation Deposit C, Hatshepsut's Temple
- New Kingdom
- Dynasty 18
- Joint reign of Hatshepsut and Thutmose III
- ca. 1479–1458 B.C.
- From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Deir el-Bahri, Temple of Hatshepsut, forecourt, Foundation Deposit 3 (C), MMA excavations, 1923–24
- 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:
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.