Relief fragment from the tomb of Nekhebu

Old Kingdom, Dynasty 6
2323–2291 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Giza, G 2381/2382


Overall: 22 x 13.6 x 25 cm (8 11/16 x 5 3/8 x 9 13/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



This fragment is in very low raised relief. The decoration is indicated mostly by fine incised lines. There is almost no depth to the relief. On the left is a long trapezoidal kilt, ankle and top of a foot of a male figure facing right. There are two vertical lines dividing the kilt from a group of hieroglyphs to the far right. Two lines indicate a possible leg.


From Giza. Found on shelves marked "G2381/G 2382 Nekhebu." From tomb of Nekhebu G 2382 [(originally thought to be a tomb, but now known to be a jumbled deposit of limestone blocks from other nearby tombs)], court, originally from G 2381. Excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Egypt.
(Accession date: April 28, 2005)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition