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OIMP 29.

The 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’s Museum. 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 light on Meresamun’s life and death.

  • The Life of Meresamun: A Temple Singer in Ancient Egypt
  • Edited by Emily Teeter and Janet H. Johnson
  • Oriental Institute Museum Publications 29
  • Chicago: The Oriental Institute, 2009
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-885923-60-8
  • Pp. 135; 120 color and 20 B&W illustrations
  • $37.95

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Revised: October 8, 2013

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