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False-Door Stela of a Woman

False doors were offering places in the tomb that led to the afterlife. This sculpted false door belonged to a woman named Djafetka, as is clear in the inscriptions. She sits at an offering table on the left, in the place of honor, opposite her husband, Tjesu. At the bottom, both Djafetka and Tjesu appear again receiving offerings from their children. The image of the door itself appears in the lower center, where Djafetka’s name is written again.

  • Medium: Limestone
  • Possible Place Made: Abydos, Egypt
  • Dates: ca. 2195-1979 B.C.E.
  • Dynasty: VII Dynasty-XI Dynasty
  • Period: First Intermediate Period to Middle Kingdom
  • Dimensions: 25 3/16 x 15 15/16 x 4 1/2 in., 100 lb. (64 x 40.5 x 11.4 cm, 45.36kg)  (show scale)
  • Collections:Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
  • Museum Location: This item is on view in Egypt Reborn: Art for Eternity, Temples and Tombs, Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Gallery, 3rd Floor
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  • Accession Number: 86.226.29
  • Credit Line: Gift of the Ernest Erickson Foundation, Inc.
  • Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
  • Caption: False-Door Stela of a Woman, ca. 2195-1979 B.C.E. Limestone, 25 3/16 x 15 15/16 x 4 1/2 in., 100 lb. (64 x 40.5 x 11.4 cm, 45.36kg). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Ernest Erickson Foundation, Inc., 86.226.29. Creative Commons-BY
  • Image: overall, 86.226.29_view1_PS1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2006
  • Catalogue Description: Rectangular limestone stela in the form of a false door. The piece is inscribed for the Lady Djafeteka. Representations and inscriptions are carved in shallow sunk relief. At the top are two lines of inscriptions. The sides of the stela are irregularly rounded, and the top of the first line of text is carved, in part, on the rounded upper edge of the stela. Below the two lines of inscription is a horizontal panel decorated with a representation of the Lady and of a man who is identified as an “overseer of the Army”. The man is seated at the right of a table and the woman is seated on the left. Above and between them is an inscription. This panel is flanked, on each side, by a horizontal panel in which is a representation of a female figure who stands facing inwards towards the main panel. Below these panels are represented the jambs of the door and door proper. On the drum of the door is an inscription. The bolt of the door is represented. On the right jamb is represented a male figure who stands, facing inwards, holding a staff and scepter. Before him is a small figure who offers to him a duck. Inscriptions identify both figures. On the left jam is represented the lady Djafeteka standing, facing inwards, with a lotus held to her nose. A smaller male figure offers incense to her. Inscriptions accompany the representations. The two panels and the jambs are framed on the two sides of the stela by two-dimensional representations of torus moldings. Condition: Large chip in lower left corner; sides and rear rough; traces of modern blue paint (?) in upper and lower right
  • Record Completeness: Best (92%)
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