Meritites II

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For other women with the same name, see Meritites.
Meritites in hieroglyphs
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Meritites (Merit ites)
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"Beloved of her father"

Meritites II (Merytiotes, Meritetes) or Meritites A ("beloved of her father") was a 4th dynasty Princess of Ancient Egypt, and probably a daughter of King Khufu. She may have been a daughter of Meritites I besed on the fact that this queen is mentioned in mastaba G 7650.[1] She married the Director of the Palace Akhethotep (a non-royal court official) and she had several children with her husband. Meritites and her husband shared a mastaba (G 7650) in Giza.

Family and early life[edit]

Meritites II was probably a daughter of Khufu, as she was said to be a King's daughter of his body and as the location of her tomb indicates a relation to Khufu.[2] She was a Prophetess of Khufu, Hathor and Neith.

Meritites was married to Akhethotep, who was a director of the palace.[3] Further titles of Akhethotep include Sole friend, Priest of the Bas of Nekhen, and Overseer of fishers/ fowlers.[2] In the tomb several children are depicted. A block formerly in the McGregor collection, but now in Lisbon shows two daughters.[4] One daughter is named Hetepheres and only a partial name has been preserved for the second girl: Khufu[...].[5]

Burial[edit]

Akhethotep and Meritites were buried at Giza in tomb G 7650. The mastaba is stone built and the interior offering room is decorated. Akhethotep is depicted with his wife Meritites and attendants in some of the scenes. In one scene Akhethotep is accompanied by two daughters. A red granite sarcophagus with a palace facade was discovered in shaft C.[4] Meritites died during the reign of her brother Khafra.[citation needed]

Literature[edit]

  1. ^ Gizapyramids website Page for G 7650
  2. ^ a b Flentye, Laurel. "The Mastabas of Ankh-haf (G 7510) and Akhethetep and Meretites (G 7650) in the Eastern Cemetery at Giza: A Reassessment." In Zahi Hawass and Janet Richards, eds. The Archaeology and Art of Ancient Egypt. Essays in Honor of David B. O'Connor, Vol. I. Annales du Service des Antiquités de l'Égypte, Cahier no. 36. Cairo: Supreme Council of Antiquities, 2007, pp. 291-292, 294-298, 301-303, figs. 1, 3, 6, 7.
  3. ^ Dodson, Aidan and Hilton, Dyan. The Complete Royal Families of Ancient Egypt. Thames & Hudson. 2004. ISBN 0-500-05128-3
  4. ^ a b Porter, Bertha and Moss, Rosalind, Topographical Bibliography of Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphic Texts, Statues, Reliefs and Paintings Volume III: Memphis, Part I Abu Rawash to Abusir. 2nd edition (revised and augmented by Dr Jaromir Malek, 1974. Retrieved from gizapyramids.org
  5. ^ Reisner, A History of the Giza Necropolis, Volume II, Appendix B: Cemetery 7000, Retrieved from The Giza Archives