About this object

This painted limestone votive stela for the goddess Meretseger was destroyed in 1941 when a firebomb burnt out the museum and now all we have left are photographs and drawings. It and 25 other small stelae were left in Case 27 in the Egyptian Main Hall and destroyed on the night of 3 May 1941. Meretseger is represented as a woman with a snake's head, seated on a throne before a table of offerings. In her right hand she holds an ankh-sign and in her left is a was-sceptre. She wears a tall, double-plumed crown. Around the scene are inscribed five vertical columns of hieroglyphic text: "Meretseger, the Peak of the West, Lady of the Sky, Mistress of all the gods".

Destroyed in the Second World War. Only a photograph and a hand-copy of the inscription on the Newberry-Peet Record Card survives.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Religion
  • Culture
    New Kingdom
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Thebes: Deir el Medina
  • Date made
    1295 BC - 1069 BC (Dynasty 19 - 20) about
  • Materials
    Limestone
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Gift of Joseph Mayer
  • Collector
    Joseph Mayer
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Thebes: Deir el Medina
  • Date collected
    19th Century
  • Measurements
    120 mm x 145 mm
  • Note
    Destroyed in the Second World War
  • Related people
    Joseph Mayer (Collector)

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Publications

  • Handbook and Guide to the Egyptian Collection on Exhibition in the Public Museums, Liverpool 4th Edition

    Newberry, Percy; Peet, Thomas Eric

    Author: Newberry, Percy; Peet, Thomas Eric
    Publisher: City of Liverpool Public Museums
    Date: 1932-03
    Description:

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