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False Door Stela

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

MEDIUM Limestone
  • Place Made: Africa
  • DATES ca. 2350-2170 B.C.E.
    PERIOD Late Old Kingdom
    DIMENSIONS 19 11/16 x 5 1/2 x 34 5/8 in. (50 x 14 x 88 cm)  (show scale)
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    ACCESSION NUMBER 07.449
    CREDIT LINE Gift of Alfred T. White
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION False Door Stela, ca. 2350-2170 B.C.E. Limestone, 19 11/16 x 5 1/2 x 34 5/8 in. (50 x 14 x 88 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Alfred T. White, 07.449. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 07.449_right_light.jpg)
    IMAGE overall, version 1, 07.449_right_light.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2004
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Soft limestone stela in form of a false door with the lady Renenitefes. At outer edge of sides and top, flat border with incised htp dj nsw.t formulae running from top center, one dedicated to Inpw, god of other lost. Within this border cavetto cornice, thin torus molding within which is conventional false door with small panel of woman seated before table of offerings; surrounding this is food list and dedications to Ptah-Sokaris, the Great God and Anubis. Rough work. Condition: Very bad. Right side and top almost entirely lost. Many chips.
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