Relief fragment from queen's pyramid chapel

Egyptian
Old Kingdom, Dynasty 4
2625–2500 B.C.


Findspot: Giza, Egypt

Dimensions

Overall: 4.2 x 5.5 x 1 cm (1 5/8 x 2 3/16 x 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

27.1126.4

Medium or Technique

Limestone

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Architectural elements, Relief

This fragment of raised relief consists of two parallel horizontal bands on the lower portion of the fragment depicting part of the hull and top edge of a boat. Above these bands are the lower hips and waistband of a seated rower. There are traces of yellow paint on the hull, black paint on the boat rim, and red paint on the figure.
Overall this scene depicts a boat manned by several fragmentary rowers. Ther are also two standing men at the stern operating steering oars and one man standing on the prow directing the rowers.

Provenance

From Giza, Street G 7000, debris E of subsidiary pyramid G I-b. November, 1924: excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; 1927: assigned to the MFA by the government of Egypt.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition