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: 23.5 x 22 x 7 cm (9 1/4 x 8 11/16 x 2 3/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World


Architectural elements, Relief

This fragment, finely-executed in high, raised relief, depicts the left part of a male figure’s chest and upper left arm, including a portion of his broad collar. It also includes a piece of a staff, presumably held by him. Remains of red paint cover most of te figure’s skin, and there are traces of reddish pigment on the staff.


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