False door of Ika

By Jacqueline Engel

False door of the wab-priest Ika and his wife Iymerit, priestess of Hathor.

This unique false door was found by the Egyptian Antiquities Service at Saqqara in 1939.

It is made of 14 separate pieces of acacia wood that were assembled and fastened together with wooden nails and leather thongs.

The door jambs contain the standing figures of Ika (left) and Iymerit (right), who is smelling a lotusflower, a symbol of rebirth and regeneration.

5th Dynasty (King Unas), about 2353-2323 BC, Saqqara, wood, JE 72201

The Egyptian Museum Caïro

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