Relief fragment from the tomb of Mehu

Egyptian
Old Kingdom, late Dynasty 5
2431–2323 B.C.


Findspot: Egypt, Giza, G 2423, Tomb of Mehu

Dimensions

Overall: 31 x 45 x 15.5 cm (12 3/16 x 17 11/16 x 6 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

36-10-16

Medium or Technique

Limestone

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Relief

This rectangular slab, executed in low, raised relief, contains four vertical columns of hieroglyphs. The text gives titles, including the cartouche of Isesi, with the name of his pyramid, and titles ‘overseer of secrets, venerated one before the great god.’ Above the four columns, at the top edge of the block there is a horizontal row of four black painted fragmentary hieroglyphs, likely the bottom of the hieroglyph for ‘thousand.’ There are traces of red, black and solid blue on the hieroglyphs.

Inscription

Isesi

Provenance

From Giza, G 2423, Tomb of Mehu. 1936: Excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of Egypt.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition