Relief from the Tomb of Mereri, the Overseer of Priests and Keeper of the sacred Cattle
First Intermediate Period, Dynasty 9, ca. 2100–2030 B.C.E.
Northern Upper Egypt, Dendera (Dandara; Tentyra), Tomb of Mereri, Behind Temple of Hathor, EEF 1898
Limestone, H. 50 cm (19 11/16 in.); l. 44 cm (17 5/6 in.)
Excavated by Flinders Petrie at Dendera in 1898, Gift of Egypt Exploration Fund, 1898
(From Museum website:|
"Mereri's titles indicate he had roles of some importance in the cult of Hathor of Dendera, including responsibility for the clothing for attiring the cult image. He built a very large mud brick mastaba at the site. The eastern facade had a single register autobiographical frieze as a cornice. The entrance, surmounted by an inscribed architrave, led via a passage decorated with relief into a long rectangular room where there were thirteen niches with stelae. The owner's false door was located in an inner offering room. From the north side of the mastaba an entrance accessed the burial chamber through a vaulted tunnel. This fragment depicts Mereri himself holding his staff and a scepter. It is thought to have been placed in the passage leading into the first chamber, probably belonging with two registers of cattle being led into the tomb."