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Castanet with name of Tiye and Meritaten from Tut's tomb

 
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 10, 2007 1:24 pm    Post subject: Castanet with name of Tiye and Meritaten from Tut's tomb Reply with quote

I noticed this item in a book about Tutakhamen by T.G.H. James.
It refers to clappers or castanets in the form of a curved arm.
They are made of ivory and probably served to make some rattling sound?

The inscription is rather interesting. It's a very large elongated cartouche with the inscription:
Great Royal Wife (Tiye)|, may she live, King's Daughter Mery-aten.
hmt nst wrt (tyy)|, anx-s, s3t-nsw itn-mr

I just thought the association of a princess Mery(t)aten with Queen Tiye is rather interesting.
If this is Tiye, the wife of Amenhotep III, then she is associated with her grand-daughter here.
Unless one of Tiye's daughters was later called Mery-Aten?

Would it be possible that this refers to Queen Tiy II, wife of Aye?

It's item Carter 620(13), but it's the only link that I have found on the Griffith Institute site that doesn't work Crying or Very sad
So I can't provide a link to the appropriate photograph....
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 10, 2007 1:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Are these what you mean, Anneke?
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 10, 2007 2:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's curious because the full text is written inside a big cartouche.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 10, 2007 3:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, that's the one D_o_S.
Thanks for finding that Smile

I agree Robson, it's strange that the whole inscription is enclosed in a cartouche.
The association of Tiye with her grand daughter is puzzling as well.

The item looks like it may have actually been used? It seems to have been subject to some wear and tear.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 11, 2007 3:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Shocked Can this be true! Overwhealming! I never knew such items refering to mysterious people like meritaten and semenkhare existed in tuts tomb!
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 11, 2007 12:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, this is not the only item referring to royal family members.


There's the small coffin shaped box with a lock of hair. On the coffin Queen Tiye is mentioned.

There's a writing palette that bears the name of Meritaten.

There's also a box with inscriptions mentioning Akhenaten, Ankheperure Neferneferuaten (if this refers to Smenkhare or a separate individual "Neferneferuaten" is not known) and the Great Royal Wife Meritaten.

I think there's also an item naming Princess Neferneferuaten-tasherit. (can't remember what item it is).
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 11, 2007 11:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I wonder if a proud granny was giving her first grandchild a present, Anneke? Cool

I'm fairly sure I've seen some clappers in the Fitzwilliam museum in Cambridge - they were ivory and quite small - presumably child-sized. ou can imagine the princesses driving everyone at the palace mad with them! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 12, 2007 12:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A gift from granny Very Happy That is possible.

LOL Kinda like giving a modern kid a drumset?

It somehow reminds me of times I have stood in a toystore with a gift in my hand thinking: "I just cannot do that to the parents!"

I do find it interesting that the mr part of Meritaten's name is written with the "hoe" glyph. That spelling of the name only appears on one of the boundary stela rather early in the reign. All other times her name is written with a different glyph.

Wonder if it could mean that the item dates to very early in the reign of AKhenaten? That does make it more likely it's a gift from Tiye to Meritaten.
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