Jul 26, 2010

False Door of Nykara

False Door of Nykara

2408–2341 BC


Overall: 168 x 111.5 x 6 cm (66 1/8 x 43 7/8 x 2 3/8 in.)

Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. Fund 1964.91



The focal point of the tomb chapel was a false door built into its western wall. Food offerings for the deceased tomb owners were placed in front of it, and it was believed that the soul could pass through it. The inscriptions list Nykara's numerous titles both at court and in the state bureaucracy. His eldest son, Ankhmara, who succeeded Nykara in the granary administration, is shown in much smaller scale in front of him.

See also
Egypt - Old Kingdom
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