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Relief from around the false door in the tomb of Bakenrenef, 3 sections

Period:
Late Period, Saite
Dynasty:
Dynasty 26
Reign:
reign of Psamtik I
Date:
664–610 B.C.
Geography:
From Egypt, Memphite Region, Saqqara, East of the Step Pyramid, Tomb of Bakenrenef
Medium:
Limestone, paint
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1911
Accession Number:
11.150.50a
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 123
As in the nearby Old Kingdom tombs at Saqqara, the focus of Bakenrenef's tomb was the false door, which was placed on the end wall of the innermost room. The door framed a shallow niche in which had been carved a seated statue representing either Osiris or Bakenrenef himself.

The surviving parts of the doorjamb and lintel give his name and titles, as well as offering prayers addressed to Anubis and Osiris. To the sides are spells from the Book of the Dead, and on the upper right the illustration for the spell for "Entering the Great House/Temple" (Spell 123) is preserved. Part of the text for this spell is preserved in the section below, in the fourth column from the left.

For Curatorial Interpretation of this group of reliefs, see 11.150.50a–d-related.
Purchased by the museum from Maurice Nahman, Cairo, 1908.

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