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The Question of Identity: Ethnicity, Language, Religion, and Gender

Before Islam:  Egypt

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Mereruka and His Wife, Watetkhethor

Mereruka and His Wife, Watetkhethor

Scene in the Old Kingdom tomb of the Chief Justice and Vizier and his wife, the king's eldest daughter, showing Watetkhethor playing the harp for Mereruka while the two are shown sitting on a bed. Under the bed are jars of assorted fancy oils and chests of fine clothing. 

This scene emphasizes the importance of marriage and family, the role of women as musicians (both in the family and for the gods), and the pleasant life that Egyptian nobles hoped to recover in the afterlife.

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