Relief fragment from the tomb of Qar

Egyptian
Old Kingdom, Dynasty 6, reign of Pepi I or later
2338–2170 B.C.


Findspot: Giza, Egypt

Dimensions

Overall: 22.5 x 19.5 x 10.7 cm (8 7/8 x 7 11/16 x 4 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

25-5-8

Medium or Technique

Limestone

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Architectural elements, Relief

This fragment executed in fine low raised relief, depicts an ichneumon or Genet cat (?) facing right and climbing a diagonal stem of papyrus in the marshes. Presumably part of a scene of hunting birds and fish-spearing. There are traces of red pigment on the papyrus and blue pigment on the animal.

Provenance

From Giza, G7101, tomb of Qar, chapel. 1925: Excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of Egypt.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition