An Egyptian Funerary Cone for the Kings' Son of Kush, Merymose, 18th Dynasty, ca. 1390 - 1352 BC

Of conical form, the oval face with finely impressed text in raised relief that reads: "The venerated one in the presence of Osiris, the king's son of Kush Merymose."  finger impressions to the sides of the cone where it was originally handled.

One of the longest serving Viceroys of Kush, Merymose occupied his post for over thirty years during the reign of Amenhotep III. He commanded the soldiery during the only military expedition of Amenhotep’s reign, when a troublesome coalition of Bedu tribes rebelled in the region of Ibhet. Merymose recruited an army of Nubians and the rebellion was suppressed. Amenhotep then undertook a triumphal tour deep into the south of Nubia, bringing back quantities of gold for the adornment of his pylon in the temple of Amun at Karnak.

Merymose’s victory is commemorated on the reverse of a standing rock near the villarge of Tombos;on the front is a stele proclaiming a similar viceroy, in the same region, of King Thutmose I, a century earlier. Merymose ruled the south from his capital at Mi’am modern Aniba. No doubt because of his close relationship with the king, he was granted a tomb at Thebes. He was also provided with three magnificent sarcophagi, carved in diorite and covered with ritual scenes and inscriptions, such provision was highly unusual for a non-royal official, no matter how high his rank. He has been referred to as a son of Amenhotep III. This may be a misinterpretation of the title King's Son of Kush.

Reference: Macadam and Davies, "Corpus of Inscribed Funerary Cones," #170, Eichler 2000 p. 283 ref. 283   Manniche 1988 p. 11  Porter & Moss 1970 p. 436   Stewart 1986 pp. 54-55 serial No 88 Teeter & Wilfong 2003 p 175 seal 283   Vivo 2002 p. 26, Daressy Cone # 113.

Condition: Partial loss to the tail, otherwise intact and in very good condition overall, the face with red wash. Museum-quality custom mount included.

Tomb number:  383

Dimensions:Face Diameter: 6cm (2.5 inches); Length: 

Provenance:Private collection of Dr. U. Mueller, Switzerland, acquired between 1968 - 1978.


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