Block from the tomb of Nekhebu

Egyptian
Old Kingdom, Dynasty 6
2350–2170 B.C.


Findspot: Egypt, Giza, Nekhebu G 2382

Dimensions

Overall: 46 cm (18 1/8 in.) Framed (Aluminium angle wall frame): 48.3 x 70.5 x 24.1 cm (19 x 27 3/4 x 9 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

13.4339.1

Medium or Technique

Limestone

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Wall painting

One painted block from the tomb of Nekhebu. Figures in red, yellow, and black, with titles in black. These are not just figures of the deceased, but are rather statues of him. They alternate between red-painted, slender statues standing with staff in hand, and wigless, plump (a sign of maturity and success) statues in long kilts.

Provenance

From Giza, tomb of Nekhebu G 2382 [(originally thought to be a tomb, but now known to be a jumbled deposit of limestone blocks from other nearby tombs)], court, originally from G 2381. 1913: Excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; 1913: assigned to the MFA by the government of Egypt.
(Accession Date: June 22, 2005)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition