The Goddess Meret Shemau
Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
On View: Old Kingdom to 18th Dynasty, Egyptian Galleries, 3rd Floor
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.
ca. 1514-1493 B.C.E.
9 9/16 x 12 7/8 in. (24.3 x 32.7 cm) (show scale)
Gift of the Ernest Erickson Foundation, Inc.
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.
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 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 86.226.15_negA_bw_IMLS.jpg)
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