Funerary Stela Of The Child Merysekhmet

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Liana Miate
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published on 01 June 2017

Funerary stela of the child Merysekhmet. Mid-18th Dynasty, about 1400-1350 BCE. Provenance unknown. The British Museum, (photo taken at The Powerhouse Museum, Sydney, Australia)

This stela was made for a boy named Merysekhmet who appears to have died at a young age. He is shown sitting on his mother's knee while she holds a piece of fruit to his mouth. A heap of food and drink offerings is depicted on the right. It was rare for a child to have a funerary stela and this image suggests that Merysekhmet's mother was thought to act as an intermediary to who would ease his passage into the afterlife.



About the Author

Liana Miate
Liana is the Social Media Editor for Ancient History Encyclopedia. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree with a major in ancient Greece, Rome & Late Antiquity. She is particularly passionate about Rome and Greece, and anything to do with mythology or women.

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