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False door of Khentkaues, priestess of Hathor

The tomb of Khentkaues, explored by the mission of the Turin Egyptian Museum in 1903, consists of a mastaba with chambers and a chapel built into the core of the structure. This false-door stela stood in one of the inner rooms. On its inner jambs are depicted the children of the deceased. As usual, the inscription on the lintel and the right outer jamb mentions her name and titles; she was, among other things, a priestess of the goddess Hathor.

S. 1848/1
Stone / limestone
189 x 75 x 18 cm
2200–2118 BCE
Old Kingdom
Sixth Dynasty
Giza, western cemetery / mastaba of Khentkaues
Schiaparelli excavations (1903)
Sala 02 Basamento
  • Curto, Silvio, Gli scavi italiani a el-Ghiza (1903) (Monografie di archeologia e d'arte 1), Roma 1963, pp. 58-61, fig. 19, tav. XV
    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=pp. 58-61 Illustrazione=fig. 19, tav. XV
  • Piacentini, Patrizia, Les scribes dans la société égyptienne de l'Ancien Empire, Vol. I: les premières dynasties. Les nécropoles memphites (Études et mémoires d'égyptologie 5), Paris 2002, p. 244
    Tipo=Opere biblioteca SottoTipo=Monografia o Opere Autore=Piacentini, Patrizia Titolo=Les scribes dans la société égyptienne de l'Ancien Empire, Vol. I: les premières dynasties. Les nécropoles memphites Sottotiolo= In= Collana=Études et mémoires d'égyptologie Opera=5 Luogo=Paris Anno=2002 Menzionato=p. 244 Illustrazione=
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