Gallery 102 - Tomb Chapel of Raemkai
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This reused offering chapel was decorated for Raemkai around 2381 B.C., but originally the chapel had been built and decorated for a man called Neferiretenes in about 2446–2389 B.C. Its walls have been arranged according to their original orientation in the tomb, allowing visitors to experience the space as it appeared to the deceased's relatives when they laid down offerings in front of the "false door," a stylized reproduction of an Egyptian doorway symbolizing the connection between this world and the next. Finely carved images surrounding the "false door" depict life in the fields, the marshes, and the desert.