Master of Arts
Lorelei H Corcoran
This thesis focuses on the pair statues in the western chamber of the tomb of Meresankh III. Meresankh predeceased her mother, Hetepheres II, who repurposed her own tomb for Meresankh. This relationship has led to scholars looking for Hetepheres in uninscribed statues of women throughout the tomb. I make the case that Hetepheres is not to be found in the statues of the west chamber as that was reserved for her daughter and her daughter’s ka. To make this point, I provide a summary of scholarship, followed by a layout of the tomb. Then, I describe the ka and its relationship to statuary. Using this context, I argue that it can only be images of Meresankh and her ka that are present in the pair statues.
Dissertation or thesis originally submitted to ProQuest
nehls, paige, "Going to Her Ka: A New Identification of the Pair Statues in the Tomb of Meresankh III" (2023). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 3147.