Small false door of Inekef

Egyptian
Old Kingdom, Dynasty 5
2500–2350 B.C.


Findspot: Egypt, Giza, Tomb G 7813 D

Dimensions

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

Accession Number

31.1817

Medium or Technique

Limestone

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

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.

Provenance

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