False door of Vizier Mentuhotep

Middle Kingdom, Dynasty 12, reign of Sesostris I
1919–1842 B.C.

Object Place: Egypt, Abydos


Overall: 54 x 118 x 9.4 cm (21 1/4 x 46 7/16 x 3 11/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World


False doors

This fragment is part of the lower portion of the false door of the Vizier Mentuhotep, from his chapel at Abydos. It is finely executed in sunk relief and depicts the standing figures of the vizier on the two outermost jambs on each side, facing inward. There is one column of hieroglyphic text on each of the inner jambs, and two columns of text on the outermost jambs.


C. 1880: copied by a German expedition near Abydos; c. 1960: with Beirut art dealer; by 1970: Montreal private collection; 1980: purchased by the MFA at Sotheby Parke Bernet auction April 16, 1980.

Credit Line

William Stevenson Smith Fund