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Archeological Object

False door of Nebi

False door of Nebi

The false door is an architectural element present in funeral chapels, which has a symbolic value, representing the point of contact between the living and the dead. The relatives of the deceased laid their offerings before it as if one could  actually communicate with the inaccessable underground part of the tomb. If one looks at the central part, the recess above proposes a drum under the lintel, which depicts the mat rolled up to let the 'soul of the deceased’ pass. This false door dates back to the sixth dynasty: one of the elements of Egyptian dating is the throat, or the replica in stone of a series of palm leaves folded outwards and the T motif in the central panel where one sees the owner at the offering table. Nebi was "noble of the king, Superintendent chef of royal meals, Inspector of the dining room of the Palace" and is also represented in a mirrored position on either side of the door.

Further information
Identificazione (Label is not translated)
  Inventory number: E 0.9.40376
Precedenti_localizzazioni (Label is not translated)
  Provenance: Unknown
Place of discovery
  Place of discovery:


  Definizione: Funerary stele
  Class and ware: Funerary furnishings
  Title or subject:

False door of Nebi

Cronologia (Label is not translated)
  Period: VI dynasty
Dati_tecnici (Label is not translated)
  Material: Limestone
  Height: 82
  Width: 46,5
  Thickness: 10
  Varie: Conservation status: discreet, deep nicks and scratches in the upper right part and lower band which have not affected the reading.

1882, maspero G., "Rapport sur une mission en Italie (Suite)", RT III (1882), pp. 103-128

1979, Lise G., “Musei e Gallerie di Milano. Museo Archeologico: raccolta egizia”, Milano, p.25 (cat.61), table 72

1998 Piacentini P. in Donadoni Roveri A.M. e Tiradritti F., (catalogo della mostra) “Kemet alle sorgenti del tempo”, Milano, p. 300, file 308

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