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
  • Culture
    New Kingdom
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Thebes: Deir el Medina
  • Date made
    1295 BC - 1069 BC (Dynasty 19 - 20) about
  • Materials
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Gift of Joseph Mayer
  • Collector
    Joseph Sams
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Thebes: Deir el Medina
  • Date collected
    1850 before
  • Measurements
    120 mm x 145 mm
  • Note
  • Related people
    Joseph Mayer ( Previous owner); Joseph Sams ( Collector, previous owner)

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Previous owners

  • Joseph Mayer

    Owned from: 1850
    How acquired: Purchased
    Owned until: 1867
    Disposal method: Donation
  • Joseph Sams

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Purchased
    Owned until: 1850
    Disposal method: Sold
Object view = Humanities
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