Upper Part of a Door Panel

New Kingdom

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 117

This upper portion of a shrine door bears the cartouches of Thutmose I (viewer left) and Thutmose II (right), parts of an inscription that has been incised and then filled with white paint. Certain anomalies in the inscription indicate that this panel was probabaly carved under Thutmose III to replace an original door in the funerary temple of Thutmose I. The original likely featured the cartouches of the latter king and his daughter Hatshepsut.

The background of the door is painted red, with a black border around the top and sides. Fragments of linen cloth are still stuck to the paint. A line of holes for bronze nails is visible framing the front panel; on the back are five rows of pegs to hold cleats. Traces of gilt remain on one of the kheper (beetle) signs, and blue pigment is still visible in several other places.

Upper Part of a Door Panel, Wood (Abies sp. or Cedrus sp.), paint, linen, traces of gold, bronze or copper alloy

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