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Art From Us MUSEUM GUIDE : The Metropolitan Museum of Art : Gallery 105

The MET : Gallery 105 : Objects from the Tomb of Meketre

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For Museum GuideArt From Us brings you three works from the Metropolitan Museum of Art (the MET) NY’s Gallery 105. They are :

TRAVELLING BOAT BEIN ROWE ca.1971 -1985 B.C. , Metropolitan Museum, Objects from the Tomb of Meketre

MODEL OF A GRANARY WITH SCRIBES ca.1971 -1985 B.C. , Metropolitan Museum, Objects from the Tomb of Meketre

SCARAB OF THE STOREHOUSE OVERSEER WAH ca.1971 -1985 B.C. , Metropolitan Museum, Objects from the Tomb of Meketre

It is worth mentioning that all these artworks belong to the ancient Egyptian civilisation.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art : Gallery 105

The Metropolitan Museum of Art : Gallery 105 houses the majority of objects found in the excavation of 1920. The expedition was carried out under the expert watch of Egyptologist Herbert E Winlock and was funded by the MET. Meketre’s tomb has a very complex history, as Herbert and his team were not the first to enter it. From western records, the first Egyptologists to enter and excavate the inner chamber of the tomb were in fact the famed duo – Daresey and Mond. Their excavation of the tomb took place between the years 1895 and 1902. A fun-fact, the Tomb of Meketre, which is located in what would have been Thebes in Egyptian times – served as the capital for art and culture in the Eleventh Dynasty. Many historian s believe this to be the beginning of the great “Middle Kingdom” period of Egyptian history.

All the artefacts presented in The Metropolitan Museum of Art : Gallery 105 are objects of ritual burial – also known as ‘funerary objects’. If you ever wondered what these objects might be, and can’t visit the MET’s Gallery 105 -check out this list of What You’d Find in a Pharoah’s Tomb.

As a last note, it is worth mentioning that Meketre was not, in fact, a Pharoah. Although he did serve as the chief steward of the nation and chancellor to the great  Mentuhotpe II (2055 – 2004 B.C.) of the 11th Dynasty.


Planning a Museum visit, read through our recommendations in our Archive for Museum Guide.

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