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


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."

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 village 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.

Notes:  A great many examples were unearthed from TT 40 (Davies 1926: 34). Two examples were unearthed at Deir el-Medina (Bruyère 1934: 71, 89). 18 examples were unearthed at the court of TT 40 and 276 (Fakhry 1937 [ASAE 37]: 34). 10 examples were lying in TT 40 (01-134 in Davies's notebook). Two (?) examples were unearthed at Armant (Drower and Myers 1940: Texts p. 101). One example was unearthed at Deir el-Medina (Bruyère 1953: 70). Five examples were unearthed around TT 276 (Grimal 1991 [BIFAO 91]: 289). Two examples were unearthed at Medinet Habu (Teeter et al. 2003: 175).
・The owner ascribed is identical to that of # 169.
・See also 01-134-135 in Davies's notebook, 05-067 & 068 in Macadam's DALEX file 1 and 06-078, 101, & 110 in his DALEX file 2.

Condition:  tail tip missing,  face uneven otherwise intact and in very good condition overall, the face with red wash. 

Tomb number: 383

Dimensions: Face Diameter: 6 cm (2.5 inches);Length: 4 1/2 inches (11.43 cm)

Provenance: Private collection of Dr. U. Mueller, Switzerland, acquired prior to 1978.

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