False Door of the Royal Sealer Neferiu

Old Kingdom–First Intermediate Period

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 103

Egyptians believed that the soul of the deceased could freely enter and exit the tomb through a "false door," which was characterized by a recessed surface with a symbolic entrance in the center. By the early Middle Kingdom, the false door design was combined with other elements on rectangular stelae. This First Intermediate Period monument exemplifies the beginning of that process. The texts inscribed on the jambs flanking the double door proclaim the owner’s good deeds and accomplishments.

#3275. Funerary Stela of the Royal Sealer Neferiu

False Door of the Royal Sealer Neferiu, Limestone, paint

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