The Goddess Meret-Shemau
Limestone, 9 9/16 x 12 7/8 in. (24.3 x 32.7 cm)
New Kingdom XVIII, ca. 1514-1493 B.C.E.
Brooklyn #86.226.15, Gift of the Ernest Erickson Foundation, Inc.
Photo © Joan Lansberry, May 2008-2016
(from the info card)|
"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."