Relief fragment from the tomb of Qar

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

Findspot: Giza, Egypt


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

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World


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.


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