False door stele of Maakheru

Old Kingdom

Findspot: Egypt, Giza, Tomb G 7512


134 x 55 cm (52 3/4 x 21 5/8 in.)

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Out on Loan

On display at Nagoya/Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Japan, February 18, 2018 – July 1, 2018


Africa and Oceania, The Ancient World


False doors

Rectangular limestone false door stele. Panel shows the deceased seated at the table of offerings, facing right, with inscription listing funerary offerings. Text below reads, ” The venerated one, Maakheru.” Outer jambs show deceased standing and facing in. One vertical line of text on each jamb. Left jamb reads “A reward which the king gives (and) Anubis, who is upon his mountain, invocation offerings of bread, beer and … for the venerated one, Maakheru.” Right jamb lists titles and epithets of Maakheru. Inner jambs show deceased seated and facing inward, with vertical line of text reading “One venerated before the great god, Maakheru.”


From Giza, tomb G 7512, 4.3 m. to east. February 9, 1925; excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the Egyptian government.

(Accession date: January 19, 2005)

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Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition