Statuette of Merer, Wood, paint

Statuette of Merer

Middle Kingdom
Dynasty 10–11
ca. 1981–1802 B.C.
From Egypt; Said to be from Middle Egypt, Meir; Probably from Asyut (Lykopolis)
Wood, paint
H. 35.6 cm (14 in.)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1910
Accession Number:
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.

Hayes, William C. 1953. Scepter of Egypt I: A Background for the Study of the Egyptian Antiquities in The Metropolitan Museum of Art: From the Earliest Times to the End of the Middle Kingdom. Cambridge, Mass.: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, p. 211, 212, fig. 129.