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Lower Part of the Door of a Tomb

Period:
Middle Kingdom
Dynasty:
Dynasty 11- 12, early
Date:
ca. 2051–1885 B.C.
Geography:
From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Deir el-Bahri, Tomb TT 312, MMA 509 (later Nespekashuty), MMA excavations, 1922–23
Medium:
Sycomore wood, gesso
Dimensions:
H. 215 × W. 151 × D. 11 cm (84 5/8 × 59 7/16 × 4 5/16 in.)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1923
Accession Number:
23.3.174
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.

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