Life of Meresamun

Life of Meresamun : A Temple Singer in Ancient Egypt

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This companion volume and catalog to the exhibit that opens on February 9, 2009, traces the life of Meresamun, whose mummy, dating to about 800 B.C., is one of the highlights of The Oriental Institute museum in Chicago, IL. The text introduces the historical and cultural setting of Egypt during her time. Essays and artifacts examine the role of music and of musicians in Egyptian temple cults, their training, and the types of musical instruments that Meresamun would have used. The life of Meresamun outside the temple is explored, with emphasis upon her social and legal status, what other professions were available to her, and what home life was like. The study of the life of this individual is augmented by forensic evidence obtained with the newest generation of CT scanners that sheds life on Meresamun's life and death.

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  • Paperback | 144 pages
  • 226.06 x 287.02 x 7.62mm | 566.99g
  • Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago
  • ChicagoUnited States
  • English
  • 120 col & 20 b/w illus.
  • 1885923600
  • 9781885923608
  • 2,065,699

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This volume, which is richly illustrated with full-color and black-and-white figures in the text - in addition to the exhibition objects - belongs on the bookshelf of everyone interested in the several roles of women in ancient Egypt.'--D.C. Forbes "KMT: A Modern Journal of Egyptology, 20.2, Summer 2009 "

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