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doorjamb

One of two vertical pieces framing a doorway and supporting the lintel.

false door

a blind door set into a tomb to allow the Ka of the deceased to come and go to enjoy the offering and hear the prayers of the living

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False Door of Ika
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This false door belongs to Ika, the purification priest, Chief of the Great House and the Royal Acquaintance. His wife is Iy-Meret, the priestess of Hathor.

This unique false door is made of 14 separate pieces of wood that were assembled and fastened together with wooden nails and leather thongs.

The upper panel depicts the owner and his wife sitting at an offering table, which is heaped with symbols of the field while below are many offerings.

The doorjambs contain the standing figures of Ika to the left and Iy-meret, who is smelling a lotus flower, to the right. They are accompanied by their children.

The middle recess contains the figure of Ika together with his elder son.
The details of the hieroglyphs and the human figures, which are carved in relief in the wood, are very impressive.

Dimensions:  Height 200 cm  Width 150 cm

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Culture:

Pharaonic

Technique:

Assembled
  Relief

Style:

Old Kingdom

Materials:

Acacia
Type Type

Type:

False Door
Map Map

Location: 

Egyptian Museum

Created: 

Saqqara Necropolis
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Created: 

2367 BC - 2347 BC

Acquired: 

1939 AD
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