False door from the tomb of Metjetji, Limestone, paint traces

False door from the tomb of Metjetji

Old Kingdom
Dynasty 5–6
reign of Unis or slightly later
ca. 2353–2323 B.C.
From Egypt, Memphite Region, Saqqara, Tomb of Metjetji
Limestone, paint traces
H. 109 cm (42 15/16 in.); W. 66.5 cm (26 3/16 in.)
Credit Line:
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Klejman, 1964
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 103
Metjetji had himself depicted no fewer than eight times on his false door. In the offering scene just above the door recess, he sits in front of an offering table with a large stock of unguent jars arranged for his use in sunken panels on either side.
Donated by Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Klejman, New York, 1964.

Dorman, Peter F., Prudence Harper, and Holly Pittman 1987. Egypt and the Ancient Near East in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, pp. 22-23.