False Door of Nykara

False Door of Nykara

2408-2341 BC

Limestone

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

Description

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
Collection: 
Egypt - Old Kingdom
Type of artwork: 
Sculpture
Medium: 
Limestone

Contact us

The information about this object, including provenance information, is based on historic information and may not be currently accurate or complete. Research on objects is an ongoing process, but the information about this object may not reflect the most current information available to CMA. If you notice a mistake or have additional information about this object, please email collectionsdata@clevelandart.org.

To request more information about this object, study images, or bibliography, contact the Ingalls Library Reference Desk.

Is something not working on this page? Please email help.website@clevelandart.org.

Request a digital file from Image Services that is not available through CC0, a detail image, or any image with a color bar. If you have questions about requesting an image, please email imageservices@clevelandart.org.