Meritamun “the beloved of the god Amun” was the fourth daughter of the 19th Dynasty king Ramesses II, who ruled between c.1279–1213 BC. Her mother was the famous Queen Nefertari, and after her death, Meritamun also became a ‘Great Royal Wife’ of Ramesses II.
This colossal pink granite statue weighs an astonishing 80 tonnes and stands at nine meters in height. It was discovered by the joint mission of the Supreme Council of Antiquities and the University of Potsdam, Germany in 2001.
Although this statue was built during the reign of Ramesses II, it was later reinscribed by the 22nd Dynasty King Osorkon II (c.874–838 BC) for his wife Karomama, both of whose names can be seen on the back of this statue.