The Chapel of Queen Meresankh III of the Fourth Dynasty
She held the royal titles of King’s Daughter and King’s Wife, Great of Scepter. On April 23, 1927 the tomb was discovered and excavated by George Reisner. with subsequent excavations undertaken by his team on behalf of Harvard University and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. They found extraordinarily preserved statuary and colorful relief sculpture with a remarkable emphasis on the female figures. Meresankh’s husband, King Khafra, was not shown in the tomb at all. This indicates the importance of female nobility during the queen`s life. Detail of the Queen and her titles: king’s daughter of his body, she who sits with Horus, follower of Horus Meresankh. These are typical titles of a queen in the Old Kingdom. Surprising is the title of the king’s daughter of his body because Meresankh’s father never became king. Possible, this title expresses her relation to her grandfather Khufu, or possibly her royal stepfather adopted her (in this case it would be surprising that she depicted her real father Kawab in her tomb!). The queen is depicted standing in a very elegant way, wearing a short wig, choker and broad collar, bracelets on her wrists. Her dress is long white dress with shoulder straps and without sleeves. Her left hand is hanging on her chest and her right hand is beside her.