Meketre was a chancellor and high steward in the reign of Mentuhotep II, Mentuhotep III, and probably Amenemhat I too, during the Middle Kingdom in Egypt. Inside the tomb, there were many artifacts ranging from her coffin to miniature sculptures of palace workers and simple tools used during the Middle Kingdom. There were pieces of jewelry worn by people from all walks of life; from high-status individuals to the ordinary people of that time. This makes the culture easier for individuals to relate to. One of the most potent symbols of ancient Egypt, the mummy’s anthropoid coffin, was believed to provide a haven for the mummy in the afterlife and had eyes drawn on its top for the mummy to look out through. The coffin was made out of linen, plaster, and waste papyrus reeds.
Within the tomb, in a small untouched compartment, there were twelve little boxes fairly well preserved. Inside were miniature models of palace staff fattening cows for slaughter in a stable, next to a slaughterhouse. Others were with bakers preparing food and brewers for the wine and other drinks. One sculpture made out of painted wood stood out from the rest. On its head, it had a basket representing a woman bringing meat, a duck, and bread. She was an offering-bearer for Meketre, who she would need in her afterlife. She is believed to be a goddess supported by her gown that is made of feather patterns; feathered dresses were only worn by goddesses. This artwork is magnificent with its paint well preserved, considering how old it is.
- Mary Cassatt, Edgar Degas.
- “The Crucifixion”; “The Last Judgement.”
- “Wheat Field with Cypresses.”