False door of Neferseshemkhufu

British Museum

British Museum

This false door is thought to come from Giza, mainly because the name of the owner is compounded with that of Khufu, the builder of the Great Pyramid. Most officials who bear such names seem to have been buried at Giza.This is a typical example of a false door as would have belonged to a minor official: it is simply laid out, and the slightly jumbled nature of some of the hieroglyphs perhaps give it a much older appearance. The separate images of Neferseshemkhufu and his wife Khentyka on the central panel are unusual.

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  • Title: False door of Neferseshemkhufu
  • Physical Dimensions: Height: 129.50cm; Width: 71.00cm
  • External Link: British Museum collection online
  • Registration number: 1898,0312.219
  • Place: Excavated/Findspot Tomb of Neferseshemkhufu
  • Period/culture: 4th Dynasty
  • Material: limestone
  • Copyright: Photo: © Trustees of the British Museum
  • Acquisition: Purchased from R J Moss & Co