Small false door of Inekef

Old Kingdom, Dynasty 5
2500–2350 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Giza, Tomb G 7813 D


Height x width x depth: 36.0 x 19.1 x 6.6 cm (14.17 x 7.5 x 2.6 in.)

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The Ancient World


False doors

This miniature false door was found in the pit of a tomb. Its lintel is inscribed for a scribe named Inekef. The false door is a representation of a real doorway, through which the deceased was believed to travel symbolically between this world and the next. In this example, the jambs are undecorated.


From Giza, tomb G 7813 D. 1931: Excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of Egypt

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition