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Fragmentary limestone seated family group statue of man (unidentified), wife (Meretib), and three children (one identified as Sitmert); man on proper right, woman on proper left, one child each between couple's legs and on either side, male figure seated with hands on thighs, wearing broadcollar with drop beads and kilt, female figure seated with proper right arm around his shoulders, wearing shoulder length wig with central part and sheath dress, small female figure stands to proper left of woman's legs, small female figure stands in middle between couple's legs, small male figure stands to proper right of man's legs, inscription: in front of daughter (on proper left): [Hm nTr Hwt-Hr sAt-mrt] "Hathor priestess Satmeret", in front of woman: [rxt nswt mrt-jb] "royal acquaintance Meretib"; male figure missing head and lower arms, female figure missing proper left arm, figures of children all damaged, inscription damaged.

Details

  • ID
    HM_6-19785
  • Department
    Hearst Museum, Berkeley
  • Classification
    Sculpture
  • Findspot
    Mastaba G 1109, in sand just under surface
  • Material
    Limestone, paint
  • Dimensions
    39.5 x 21.3 cm (15 9/16 x 8 3/8 in)
  • Credit Line
    Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology, Hearst Egyptian Expedition
  • Object Ownership Information
    Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley
  • Period
    Old Kingdom, Late Dynasty 4 or early Dynasty 5
  • Date of Register Entry
    1903–1904
  • Object owned by
    Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology
  • Owner
    Meretib (in G 1109)
    Satmeret (in G 1109)
  • Remarks
    Based on comparison of expedition photos and modern photos, arm fragments of male and female figures present at time of excavation are no longer with statue.

Tombs and Monuments 1

  • G 1109

    • Site Name Western Cemetery

Published Documents 1

Full Bibliography

  • Lutz, Henry F. Egyptian Statues and Statuettes in the Museum of Anthropology of the University of California. University of California Publications. Egyptian Archaeology 5. Leipzig: J.C. Hinrichs, 1930, p. 22, fig. 20, pl. 33b.

    Porter, Bertha, and Rosalind L.B. Moss. Topographical Bibliography of Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphic Texts, Reliefs, and Paintings 3: Memphis (Abû Rawâsh to Dahshûr). Oxford: The Clarendon Press, 1931. 2nd edition. 3: Memphis, Part 1 (Abû Rawâsh to Abûsîr), revised and augmented by Jaromír Málek. Oxford: The Clarendon Press, 1974, p. 55.

Photos 12

People 2

Ancient People

  • Meretib (in G 1109)

    • Type Owner
    • Remarks Fragmentary limestone seated family group statue (Hearst 6-19785) of man (unidentified), his wife Meretib, and three children; Meretib identified as [rxt nswt] royal acquaintance; found in G 1109 (in sand just under surface).
  • Satmeret (in G 1109)

    • Type Owner
    • Remarks Fragmentary limestone seated family group statue (Hearst 6-19785) of man (unidentified), his wife Meretib, and three children, including daughter Satmeret; Satmeret identified as [Hm-nTr HwtHr] priestess of Hathor; found in G 1109 (in sand just under surface).

Institutions 1