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: 8 x 12 x 19.5 cm (3 1/8 x 4 3/4 x 7 11/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



This fragment executed in low raised relief depicts portions of two horizontal registers of incomplete hieroglyphs. The upper register has a portion of one hieroglyph and the lower register has part of a bird, a possible feather, and a third indecipherable hieroglyph. There are traces of red and black pigment.


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: )

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition