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017435

Red granite sarcophagus from Giza, Egypt. Fourth Dynasty (about 2613-2494 BC) onwards. The exterior of the sarcophagus is decorated with a panelling known as 'palace façade', so called because it was based on the mud-brick façade of the early Egyptian palace. At the ends of each long side is a small false door, to enable the spirits to gain access to and from the body inside. The top is rounded, and there are remains of protrusions on the ends to enable the lid to be lifted.

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Red granite sarcophagus from Giza, Egypt. Fourth Dynasty (about 2613-2494 BC) onwards. The exterior of the sarcophagus is decorated with a panelling known as 'palace façade', so called because it was based on the mud-brick façade of the early Egyptian palace. At the ends of each long side is a small false door, to enable the spirits to gain access to and from the body inside. The top is rounded, and there are remains of protrusions on the ends to enable the lid to be lifted.