Entrance lintel and door jambs, a feature from the tomb of Khnumhotep II at Beni Hassan
A doorway leading into the tomb’s chapel is located in the centre of the portico’s (or porch's) eastern wall. The doorway is framed by two jambs and a lintel, all projecting from the wall and inscribed in sunk relief containing invocation offerings and the name and titles of the tomb owner. The thickness of the doorway also bears two vertical lines of inscription, one on each side carved in sunk relief. Due to the installation of a modern metal door, the original hole for a door pivot in the recess’ ceiling is not visible.
The lintel bears one vertical line and four horizontal lines of inscription, that should be read from the centre outwards and from the bottom up. The inscription on the south jamb reads: ḥtp dj nswt Jnpw tpj ḏw.f jmj wt nb tꜢ ḏsr dj.f prt-ḫrw t ḥnḳt n kꜢ n jrj-pꜤt ḥꜢtj-Ꜥ jmj-r smjwt jꜢbtjwt smꜢ Ḥr smꜢ PꜢḫt Nḥrj sꜢ ḥꜢtj-Ꜥ H̱nmw-ḥtp(.w) ms n BꜢḳt ‘an offering which the king gives (to) Anubis, who is on his hill, who is in the embalming place, lord of the sacred land, that he may give invocation offerings of bread and beer for the ka of the hereditary prince, the count, the overseer of the eastern deserts, the stolist of Horus, the stolist of Pakhet, Nehri’s son, the count, Khnumhotep, born to Baqet’. Below the inscription is a representation of the seated tomb owner in bas-relief. He is wearing a shoulder-length wig, a beard, a collar, a sash and short kilt with an apron. He sits on a chair with lions’ legs and a low, cushioned back and holds a staff in one hand and a folded cloth in the other.
The inscription on the north jamb reads: ḥtp dj nswt Wsjr nb Ḏdw nṯr ꜤꜢ nb Ꜣbḏw dj.f prt-ḫrw t ḥnḳt kꜢw Ꜣpdw pꜢwt n kꜢ n jmꜢḫ(jj) jrj-pꜤt ḥꜢtj-Ꜥ ḥrj-sštꜢ m pr-mḏꜢt ḫntj st-jb Ḥr ḥꜢtj-Ꜥ Nḥrj sꜢ H̱nmw-ḥtp(.w) ‘an offering which the king gives (to) Osiris lord of Busiris, the great god lord of Abydos, that he may give invocation offerings of bread, beer, oxen, fowl and cakes for the ka of the honoured one, the hereditary prince, the count, privy to the secret in the house of documents, foremost of affection of Horus, the count, Nehri’s son, Khnumhotep’. The text ends with a seated figure of the tomb owner similar to that on the opposite jamb (although here his right hand rests in his lap).
The inscription on the south thickness of the doorway reads: mrw wꜢḥ tp tꜢ sbt r jmꜢḫ ḏd.sn prt-ḫrw t ḥnḳt kꜢw Ꜣpdw n kꜢ n ḥꜢtj-Ꜥ H̱nmw-ḥtp(.w) ‘Those who love enduring upon earth and attaining honour, they will say invocation offerings of bread, beer, oxen and fowl for the ka of the count, Khnumhotep’. The inscription on the north thickness of the doorway reads: mrw Ꜥnḫ.sn msḏḏw mt ḏd.sn ḫꜢ m t ḥnḳt kꜢw Ꜣpdw n H̱nmw-ḥtp(.w) ‘Those who love their life and who hate death, they will say one thousand of bread, beer, oxen and fowl for Khnumhotep’.