Statuette of Merer

Middle Kingdom

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. The short kilts of these figures are covered with passages from the Coffin Texts, a collection of spells designed to assist the deceased navigate the Afterlife. The phrase inscribed on the two medium-sized figures (.58 and .60) is a typical one: "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."

Statuette of Merer, Wood, paint

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