The Goddess Meret-Shemau
Images of the goddess Meret Shemau ("Meret of the Southern Lands") are recognizable from the curl at the end of her hairdo and her distinctive gesture of greeting or clapping. Depictions of divine rituals show Meret Shemau as a chantress. This scene, when complete, probably depicted her greeting the king as he ran a ceremonial race.
- Medium: Limestone
- Place Made: Karnak, Egypt
- Dates: ca. 1514-1493 B.C.E.
- Dynasty: XVIII Dynasty
- Period: New Kingdom
- Dimensions: 9 9/16 x 12 7/8 in. (24.3 x 32.7 cm) (show scale)
- Collections:Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
- Museum Location: This item is on view in Egypt Reborn: Art for Eternity, Old Kingdom to 18th Dynasty, Egyptian Galleries, 3rd Floor
- Accession Number: 86.226.15
- Credit Line: Gift of the Ernest Erickson Foundation, Inc.
- Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
- Caption: The Goddess Meret-Shemau, ca. 1514-1493 B.C.E. Limestone, 9 9/16 x 12 7/8 in. (24.3 x 32.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Ernest Erickson Foundation, Inc., 86.226.15. Creative Commons-BY
- Catalogue Description: Creamy white limestone fragment with bold relief representation of upper portion of a girl, facing right, with one arm stretched out (other arm not shown), inscription above (three hieroglyphs only). Condition: Fragmentary but sound. Formerly broken into at least five pieces and well mended; scratches.
- Record Completeness: Best (90%)