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Lintel of a false door

The inscription on this block – which reads from right to left – includes the typical funerary offering spell. The spell begins with the words “an offering that the king gives” (hetep-di-nysut), an offering that Anubis gives….” In the last line we read the titles of the deceased, but not his name. He was one of the priests performing the posthumous funerary cult of king Cheops (Khufu). These priests managed Cheops’ pyramid and its annexed temples.

S. 1863
Stone / limestone
38 x 93 x 8 cm
2435–2305 BCE
Old Kingdom
Fifth Dynasty
Giza, western cemetery
Schiaparelli excavations (1903)
Sala 02 Vetrina 09
  • Curto, Silvio, Gli scavi italiani a el-Ghiza (1903) (Monografie di archeologia e d'arte 1), Roma 1963, p. 95, tav. XXVII a
    Tipo=Opere biblioteca SottoTipo=Monografia o Opere Autore=Curto, Silvio Titolo=Gli scavi italiani a el-Ghiza (1903) Sottotiolo= In= Collana=Monografie di archeologia e d'arte Opera=1 Luogo=Roma Anno=1963 Menzionato=p. 95 Illustrazione=tav. XXVII a
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