Inscribed architrave from tomb of Rudj

Old Kingdom

Findspot: Egypt, Giza, Pit G 2002 E, roof (reused)


Other: 24 x 49 x 11 cm (9 7/16 x 19 5/16 x 4 5/16 in.) Overall: 24 x 78 x 11 cm (9 7/16 x 30 11/16 x 4 5/16 in.)

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Africa and Oceania, The Ancient World



This is one of two pieces of a sunk relief fragment of an architrave with framed, incised hieroglyphs. Together, they include part of an offering formula to Anubis requesting a good burial and a long life for the royal acquaintance. It reads right to left. It is inscribed with the names of two people. The tomb owner is Rudj … and also, his wife, Tchenett.


From Giza, Pit G 2002E, roof (reused). 1936: Excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of Egypt.

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Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition