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Object Number:E14318
Current Location: Ancient Egypt: Discovery to Display
Currently On Display
Provenience: Egypt
Saqqara (uncertain)
Period: Old Kingdom
Sixth Dynasty
Date Made: 2350-2170 BCE
Early Date: -2350
Late Date: -2170
Iconography:Offering Table
Inscription Language:Hieroglyphic
Height: 133 cm
Credit Line:Purchased from Ismail Abdallah El-Shaer, 1923
Other Number:0309 - Cast Number


This false door came from the tomb chapel of Irty-Ptah. He was a priest of Ptah and a Scribe of Divine Offering in the Temple of Ptah at Memphis. On the central panel, the deceased is shown seated before a table of offerings. The text is a standard funerary inscription invoking the funerary gods Osiris and Anubis. The inscriptions also list the name and titles of the deceased. In both lower corners, Irty-Ptah is shown with a walking staff and a scepter of authority. The Egyptians believed that the ka (or life force) of the individual could magically pass through this doorway and partake of food offerings left in front of it.

Current & Past Exhibitions:

Ancient Egypt: Discovery to Display (23 Feb 2019) View Objects in Exhibition


[Book] Horne, Lee C. 1985. Introduction to the Collections of The University Museum.. Philadelphia. The University Museum. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: 19/4View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Book] Moss, Rosalind L., and Porter, Bertha. 1964. The Theban Necropolis Vol II.. Clarendon Press. Vol. II. Part 2. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: 746View Objects related to this Actual Citation

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