Thursday Doors: False Door


When is a door not actually a door? When it’s a false door, built into Old Kingdom Ancient Egyptian tombs to symbolise the threshold between the worlds of the living and the dead.

This particularly  impressive example can be seen at the British Museum in London, and is believed to belong to Ptahshepses, who was the High Priest of Ptah, who lived from about 2490 to 2400BC, making this door around 4400 years old…

The limestone door is 3.66m high, and is from Saqqara, 5th Dynasty Egypt

See Norm’s Thursday Doors for more doors from around the globe… 🙂


9 thoughts on “Thursday Doors: False Door

  1. Dan Antion February 9, 2017 / 12:25 pm

    Pretty impressive door for not a door. Didn’t you just comment at my place about not giving us history? This was wonderful, Ruth.

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    • Ruth February 9, 2017 / 12:31 pm

      Yeah well, I didn’t want my end-of-term Thursday Doors report to say ‘Must try harder’, so I decided to put in a bit more effort! 🙂

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  2. sustainabilitea February 9, 2017 / 2:23 pm

    A little bit of ancient history is always good for me. Those tricky Egyptians. But so many of their tricks didn’t withstand the persistence of the grave robbers.


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  3. Norm 2.0 February 9, 2017 / 8:41 pm

    Great choice – this is a beauty.
    So I going to have to send this one over to the judges. In theory this is our oldest Thursday Door to date, but then technically it’s not an actual door but a fake door sooooo…
    I’ll let you know when the judges render their decision 😉

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    • Ruth February 9, 2017 / 11:07 pm

      Ha ha ha – apparently fake is the new real, don’t you know! 🙂

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