H. 215 × W. 151 × D. 11 cm (84 5/8 × 59 7/16 × 4 5/16 in.)
Rogers Fund, 1923
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 106
This lower part of a door blocked the entrance to a Middle Kingdom rock cut tomb. Doors like this rarely survived from ancient Egypt as most were removed in ancient times and re-used elsewhere once a tomb was not looked after anymore. This door was found wedged in place by rocks fallen from the cliffs above. Its lock had been cut away in ancient times. More than a thousand years later the vizier Nespekashuty of the time of King Psamtik I (664-610 B. C.) had his tomb cut into the cliff close to this Middle Kingdom one, but the remains of the earlier doorway had by that time totally disappeared under debris.
Museum excavations, 1922-23. Acquired by the Museum in the division of finds, 1923.