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Stamp Seal of Meru the 'Answerer of Horus [the King]'

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

Like many cylinder seals, Middle Kingdom stamp seals such as this one belonged to high-ranking government officials and had the name and titles of the owner incised on the flat bottom. Artists carved miniature sculptures of humans or animals on the backs of these elite seals.

MEDIUM Steatite, glaze
  • Place Made: Egypt
  • DATES ca. 1838–1759 B.C.E.
    DYNASTY late Dynasty 12
    PERIOD Middle Kingdom
    DIMENSIONS 1 9/16 x 7/8 x 13/16 in. (4 x 2.2 x 2 cm)  (show scale)
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Brown steatite seal, green glaze, small figure of a seated man in the round wearing wig and kilt
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    CAPTION Stamp Seal of Meru the 'Answerer of Horus [the King]', ca. 1838–1759 B.C.E. Steatite, glaze, 1 9/16 x 7/8 x 13/16 in. (4 x 2.2 x 2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 36.837. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.36.837_erg2.jpg)
    IMAGE overall, CUR.36.837_erg2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 11/26/2007
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