Statue of Meryma’at, Thebes, Dra Abu el-Naga, late Dynasty 18 or early Dynasty 19 (1332-1279 BCE), limestone. Meryma’at was a barber in the cult of Amun. The inscription on his kilt is a prayer to that god requesting offerings of food and drink and a happy life for his ka, or life force. Barbers had an important function in the temple, since priests had to shave their entire bodies before performing rites. .