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Egyptian, Middle Kingdom, 11th - Dynasty, ca. 2100 BC

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Stela of Iku and Mer-imat Egyptian, Middle Kingdom, 11th - Dynasty, ca. 2100 BC Painted limestone Morton R. Hirschberg Memorial Fund AP 1989.1.1 This stela depicts a nobleman named Iku and his wife, Mer-imat. The vertical inscription located in front of the striding Iku is a written "appeal to the living." It asks viewers to read the text of the offering aloud, providing the deceased with "a thousand of bread and beer, a thousand of beef and fowl, and of everything good, for the high official, the honored Iku." The text above Mer-imat's head describes her titles as "king's [ornament], priestess of Hathor, honored one, beautiful of ornament, overseer of oasis-dwellers." That Mer-imat's titles are significantly more elaborate than those of her husband suggests that Iku may have owed his noble position to their marriage.

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