Upper Part of a False Door of Sethew
Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
False doors in the tomb led to the afterlife. They were a suitable place for offerings. Sethew, a very high palace official, here sits before an offering table stacked with loaves of bread in the shape of the hieroglyph for the word “field,” the source of food for offerings. The surrounding inscription promises him very large quantities of food, beverages, clothing, cosmetics, and ritual oils needed in the afterlife.
ca. 2500-2350 B.C.E.
22 1/16 x 20 1/2 x 4 15/16 in., 119 lb. (56 x 52 x 12.5 cm, 54kg) (show scale)
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Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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Upper Part of a False Door of Sethew, ca. 2500-2350 B.C.E. Limestone, pigment, 22 1/16 x 20 1/2 x 4 15/16 in., 119 lb. (56 x 52 x 12.5 cm, 54kg). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.34E. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 37.34E_PS1.jpg)
overall, 37.34E_PS1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2006
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Stela inscribed for a man names Sethau. The owner is represented seated before a table with offerings and inscriptions promising offerings.
Condition: Broken in two pieces. Some staining around the join has occurred. Upper left hand edge much chipped and parts of hieroglyphs are missing. Lower right hand corner (flaring molding) broken off. Chips in molding under seated figure. Wig retains black paint. Green collar evident. Surface is chipped and green paint also evident along left side of relief (edge). Face badly chipped.
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