Relief fragment from the tomb of Nekhebu

Egyptian
Old Kingdom, Dynasty 6
2323–2291 B.C.


Findspot: Giza, Egypt

Dimensions

Overall: 26 x 39 x 41 cm (10 1/4 x 15 3/8 x 16 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

13.5994.1

Medium or Technique

Limestone

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Architectural elements, Relief

This rectangular fragment, executed in raised relief, includes two vertical columns of text separated by two vertical borderlines. The hieroglyphs on the left include the title ‘hereditary prince and lector priest’ and the right is the cartouche of Meryre. There are traces of dark gray pigment. It joins 13.5994.2 and 13.5994.3.

Provenance

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