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Rodrigo Alarcón-Cielock

Tomb Doorway of Ptahshepses

World Museum, Liverpool, England, UK

Sept. 27 2013. 09:45

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Carved limestone doorway from the tomb chapel of Ptahshepses who held the following titles: supervisor of prophets of the pyramid of Teti, prophet of the pyramid of Unas, greatest of controllers of craftsmen (High Priest of Ptah) of the 'two houses' (Upper and Lower Egypt ).

The doorway consists of an inscribed lintel in 4 pieces, with some fragments missing; an incomplete drum with titles; and a doorjamb with a raised relief representation of the deceased and 2 children. The interior of the tomb chapel was left in-situ within the tomb at Saqqara. about 2345 - 2323 BC ( Old Kingdom : Dynasty 6.

Information kindly supplied by Dr. Ashley Cooke, Curator of Antiquities at the World Musem, Liverpool, England

Cult of the Dead

Knowing that death lays us low, knowing that life lifts us up, the house of death is for life. Teachings of Prince Hordjedef (about 2400 BC) In many ways, the tomb was a place for living. The Egyptians believed that after death a person had another life in the land of the dead. The tomb was where they stored what they needed for the next life. Offering gifts to the dead was necessary for their survival. You can see scenes of families giving gifts to their dead relatives throughout the gallery.

A chapel at the tomb was one of the places Egyptians communicated with the dead. Passers-by would offer prayers, food, drink, and flowers to those they knew and powerful or famous people from the past. At times of trouble, the living wrote letters on a food-bowl asking the dead for help and placed it here, in the chapel.

Rites at the tomb, Book of the Dead of Huneferx © The Trustees of the British Museum
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