False Door Stele (Primary Title)

Unknown (Artist)

2475–2345 BC
Overall: 52 × 30 in. (132.08 × 76.2 cm)

The false-door stele, a gravestone in the shape of a door, stood between hidden burial chambers and a funerary chapel where offerings were left for the deceased. The stele was the symbolic door through which the Ka of the deceased passed to partake of the offerings.

Images of the deceased, a priestess named Inti, occur six times at the bottom of the relief and once over the “door,” where she is shown enjoying her funerary banquet.

Dynasty 5
Old Kingdom Period
Adolph D. and Wilkins C. Williams Fund
Image released via Creative Commons CC-BY-NC

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