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Door Jamb of Rau

New Kingdom
Dynasty 18
reign of Thutmose III
ca. 1479–1425 B.C.
From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes; Possibly from Dra Abu el-Naga
H. 146.5 cm (57 11/16 in.); w 23.5 cm (9 1/4 in.)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1926
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 116
Two door jambs (26.3.54, .55) are inscribed for a man named Rau who served as Steward of the God's Wife Ahmose-Nefertari, mother of Amenhotep I. The inscriptions on the jambs state that Rau's tomb was given as a favor from Thutmose III whose throne name, Menkheperre, appears in the text on the right jamb (26.3.55). The text goes on to say that the tomb was to take the "exact form" of Thutmose's temple Djeser-akhet at Deir el-Bahri.

Rau was also Chief Steward of the god Amun whose principal temple was at Karnak on the east bank of the Nile. Rau's tomb was probably somewhere in the Theban necropolis, perhaps in Dira Abu el-Naga, a cemetery directly across the river from Karnak.Wherever the name of the god Amun appears in the text, it has been erased, probably during the reign of Akhenaten, near the end of Dynasty 18. The god's name was later restored.

At the bottom of each jamb, Rau is depicted seated before an offering table.
Purchased at Qurna, 1926.

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