Relief fragment from queen's pyramid chapel

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


Findspot: Giza, Egypt

Dimensions

Length: 11.4 cm (4 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

27.1126.5

Medium or Technique

Limestone

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Architectural elements, Relief

This fragment of raised relief consists of part of the hull of a papyrus skif crossed by two parallel incised lines that form part of an oar handle. There are traces of yellow paint on the hull and red paint on the oar handle.
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