This sculpted limestone slab was located on the interior wall of a tomb—a place where the living could go and make offerings and prayers to the dead. It represents a doorway to the beyond. The tomb belonged to a military leader named Fefi. On the offering table are hieroglyphs representing bread, beer, oxen, fowl, alabaster, and linen. The rest of the hieroglyphs on the sculpture describe Fefi and the prayers that have been made on his behalf to the deity of the afterlife, Anubis.
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- Titles False Door (Descriptive)
- Medium limestone
- Dimensions 30 1/2 x 23 1/2 x 3 3/4 in. (77.5 x 59.7 x 9.5 cm)
- Credit Line Gift of Mrs. Bernard Steiner, Sr., 1981.122
- Work Type false door
- Classification Architectural Elements
- On View
- Signature None
- Marks None
- Inscription Hieroglyphs
- Provenance Dealer Peter Sharrer, Ancient Art, Inc., Ridgewood, New Jersey; Dorothy Levy Steiner (1907-2004; Mrs. Bernard Siegfried Steiner, Sr.), Birmingham, Alabama; by gift to the Birmingham Museum of Art in 1981