Most interesting finds from Meryneith/Meryre's tomb

Double statue
One of the exceptional finds from the tomb of Meryneith was this 80 cm high tomb statue of the tomb-owner and his wife Anuy. When found, it was still in its original location, fixed to the floor of the south-west chapel. The statue differs from other contemporary examples by a number of details. Note for instance how Anuy's hair has been thrown over the shoulder in an asymmetrical way. Rare is also her very long garment which partly covers the feet. The back slab is inscribed in five columns of blue hieroglyphs for the husband and five for his wife. The text on the deceased's kilt gives his name as ‘Meryre' and his title as ‘scribe of the temple of Aten in Akhetaten (and) in Memphis'. This would date the statue after the founding of Akhenaten's new capital in year 5, and might indicate that Meryneith performed part of his offices there.

 

Dummy vesselsDummy vessels
No less than seventy-five limestone dummy vessels were found during the excavations of the underground chambers and corridors of the tomb of Meryneith. At first these finds did not appear to make sense. Dummy vessels - stone vases which have only been partially hollowed out, or not at all - are a characteristic of the Archaic (or early historic) Period. Magic would ensure that they could serve the deceased King or his officials equally well as the actual vessels found in contemporary tombs (and also present in Meryneith's subterranean complex). The problem was that the Archaic Period antedates the construction of Meryneith's tomb by more than 1,500 years! It was only later that we realized that part of the underground corridors once formed part of a tomb of the 2nd Dynasty. Meryneith merely reused these funerary apartments, and has probably never known about their former owner.