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: 16.5 x 29.4 x 12.5 cm (6 1/2 x 11 9/16 x 4 15/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World


Architectural elements, Relief

This fragment in finely-executed low raised relief includes fragments of four hieroglyphs. There is a diagonal line above them that follows the edge of the block. The hieroglyphs include ‘i,d’, and two partial circles possibly for ‘hery tep’. There are traces of red pigment on the ‘d’ and gray pigment on one of the half circles.


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