House of Meritaten (Episode 125)

A Princess of Egypt.

In 1351 BCE, princess Meritaten was approximately ten years old. The king’s eldest daughter, Meritaten was the foremost child of the royal family, front and centre of art and propaganda. Whether it was statuary, shrines, stelae, or palaces, Meritaten enjoyed the privileges of being a princess of ancient Egypt.

What was Meritaten’s life like, and what do we know about her? In this episode, we explore some evidence relating to this girl…


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Meritaten (lower left) behind Nefertiti and Akhenaten, offering to the sun god (Amarna; Chris Ward 2019).
123. Akhenaten and princess (Cairo) dominic (2)
Akhenaten kisses his daughter, possibly Meritaten (Cairo; Dominic Perry 2019).
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Amarna princess head with prominent hair / side-lock (Ismailia; Egypt Today).
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An Amarna princess head (Berlin; Wikimedia).
123. Princess eating a duck (Royal women fig 108, Cairo)
An Amarna princess eating a roast duck (Cairo; Arnold 1996).
123. Princess head (Royal women fig 47, Berlin)
The strange proportions of Amarna princesses (Berlin; Arnold 1996).
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Amarna princess with prominent hair / side-lock (Wikimedia).
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Amarna princess head with prominent side-lock (Wikimedia).
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A partial scene of Meritaten and her father, from a shrine originally at Memphis (Wegner 2017).


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