Funerary Stela Of The Child Merysekhmet

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Liana Miate
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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.

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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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