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There is one interesting aspect regarding the ancient Egyptian door: the false door that was common in the tombs and the mortuary temples of the third dynasty and of the New Kingdom. The false door was also called the ‘ka door’ because it gave access to the ka, which is a soul` s element, to go through it. In this way the false door has the role of a sill between the mortals` world and the one of the spirits and deities. The deceased or the deity had the possibility to interact with the living`s world by walking through the door or by receiving offerings through the door. The New Kingdom is also the time when the temples false doors were compared with a chapel called ‘the hearing ear’ that was situated in the outer wall close to the temple` s back, also near to the sanctuary. The false door was a way of communication between the people outside and god. Usually the false door was situated on the offering chamber`s West wall – the West being associated with the afterlife and with the death - , on the tomb`s back or at the mortuary temple. But the false door could also be placed on the magical servants` cabinets or on the coffins` sides. The deceased` s representation could be found on the false door as well as decorations and marks with the titles and the names of the person who owned the grave. A tomb could have 2 false doors: one for the tomb`s owner and the other one for the wife. But there were also some rare cases of mastabas in which each member of a large family has his or her personal false door.

 
 

 

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