Painted fragments of a rowing scene from tomb of Qar

Old Kingdom, Dynasty 6, reign of Pepi I or later
2338–2170 B.C.

Findspot: Giza, Egypt


Overall: 15 x 51 x 25 cm (5 7/8 x 20 1/16 x 9 13/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World


Architectural elements, Relief

This fragment executed in low raised relief depicts two rows of hieroglyphs. There is a significant amount of red pigment on the hieroglyphs. It joins 27.1129.2.

Overall 27.1129 is a scene depicting men rowing a boat with blocks joining above containing fork shaped wooden mast supports holding the masts and a two line inscription to the right.


From Giza, G 7101,Tomb of Qar. 1925: excavated by the Harvard University–Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of Egypt; 1927: received by the MFA.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition