Relief fragment from queen's pyramid chapel

Old Kingdom, Dynasty 4
2625–2500 B.C.

Findspot: Giza, Egypt


Overall: 4.3 x 5.3 x 1.4 cm (1 11/16 x 2 1/16 x 9/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World


Architectural elements, Relief

This fragment of low raised relief consists of the partial head of a male rower. There are traces of red, yellow, and black pigment.
Overall this scene depicts a boat manned by several fragmentary rowers. There are also two standing men at the stern operating steering oars and one man standing on the prow directing the rowers.


From Giza, Street G 7000, N of G 7131. 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