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Meryptah
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"Beloved of Ptah"
Predecessor:
Ptahmose
High Priest of Amun Successor:
Maya
Dynasty 18th Dynasty
Pharaoh(s) Amenhotep III
Titles High Priest of Amun
Burial TT68, Sheikh Abd el-Qurna
For other pages by this name, see Meryptah.

Meryptah (transliteration: mry-ptḥ, meaning: "Beloved of Ptah") was High Priest of Amun under Pharaoh Amenhotep III of the Eighteenth Dynasty during the New Kingdom.

Attestation[]

Meryptah is known from a statue mentioning him with Anen, Amenemhat and Simut who were a 2nd, 3rd and 4th Prophet of Amun respectively. Aldred conjectures that Meryptah succeeded Ptahmose and served until the end of the reign of Amenhotep III.[1] Meryptah would have served from ca. Year 20 of Amenhotep's reign until the end of that reign.

Burial[]

Meryptah's original tomb was TT68 at Sheikh Abd el-Qurna. The whereabouts of his mummy remain unknown. Some of his funerary items were recovered from a pit excavated at Sheikh Abd el-Qurna in the early 19th century. These include:

  • A kneeling statue of Meryptah singing a hymn of praise to Re.[1]
  • Another statue of Meryptah, currently held at the Oriental Institute in Chicago.
  • Three stamped mud bricks inscribed for The First Prophet of Amun Meryptah, currently held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.[2]
  • A polished boxwood kohl container-(statuette), girl with youth side lock, carrying oversized pot: The Durham Servant Girl.[3]

References[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Aldred 1959.
  2. Hayes 1990, p. 306.
  3. Reeves 2000, p. 19.

Bibliography[]

  • Aldred, C., 1959: Two Theban Notables during the Later Reign of Amenhotep III. Journal of Near Eastern Studies.
  • Hayes, C.W., 1990: The Scepter of Egypt Vol.2: The Hykos Period & the New Kingdom.
  • Reeves, N., 2000: Ancient Egypt, The Great Discoveries, a Year-by-Year Chronicle, 1816-1818.
Predecessor:
Ptahmose
High Priest of Amun
18th Dynasty
Successor:
Maya
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