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: 12 x 33.5 x 22.5 cm (4 3/4 x 13 3/16 x 8 7/8 in.)

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The Ancient World



This fragment executed in low raised relief depicts in the middle, the lower half of a long-legged heron(?). On the right is the left half of the bird in 13.6018.1 and on the left are marsh plants.


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