Block from the tomb of lady Meryt. Old Kingdom, Dynasty 5, ca. 2500–2300 B. C.

Limestone with remains of paint
H. 165 cm; w. 38 cm
Provenance: probably, Saqqara
I.1.а 5555
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This relief with the image of the Egyptian woman Meret must once have decorated the walls of her
husband's tomb in the Memphis necropolis of Saqqara. Women's tombs were very rare in Ancient Egypt,
but family scenes showing wives and children of the dead are found in almost all burials of noblemen.
Meret is depicted with two daughters. Both of them are portrayed as grown-up women, but at the moment
when the relief was created they could have been children. According to the Egyptian tradition artists
rarely showed the actual age of their models.

  • Limestone with remains of paint
    H. 165 cm; w. 38 cm
  • At the PMFA since 1911
    Provenance: probably, Saqqara
  • I.1.а 5555
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