Relief fragment from the tomb of Nekhebu

Old Kingdom, Dynasty 6
2323–2291 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Giza, Tomb of Nekhebu G 2381 G 2382


Overall: 9.3 x 14.3 x 3.2 cm (3 11/16 x 5 5/8 x 1 1/4 in.)

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The Ancient World



This fragment executed in low raised relief depicts most of flattened dome shape, with a vertical line running down the right side. It is possibly a loaf of bread. There are traces of red pigment in the dome and traces of black pigment in the background.


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.
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Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition