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False door of Redines

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One of the most important elements of an Old Kingdom tomb was the false door, so called because it reproduced elements of a typical doorway but had no opening. It marked the transition between the world of the living in front of it, and the world of the dead behind it. It was thought that the...

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Giza, tomb G 5032. 1914, excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition, assigned to the MFA by the government of Egypt; shipped 1921. (Accession Date: March 1, 1921)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Egyptian, Old Kingdom, Dynasty 6, 2323–2150 B.C.


Giza, Egypt


Height x width: 79 x 43 cm (31 1/8 x 16 15/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Architectural elements, False doors