Relief from a wall of the offering chamber of Khnumnefer and Nedju

Egyptian
Old Kingdom, Dynasty 5
2500–2350 B.C.


Findspot: Egypt, Giza, G 2175, Khnumnefer and Nedju

Dimensions

Overall: 193 x 260 x 40cm (76 x 102 3/8 x 15 3/4in.) Other: 43 x 61 x 15 cm (16 15/16 x 24 x 5 7/8 in.)

Accession Number

12.1512.5

Medium or Technique

Limestone

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Relief

This block is part of the scene of the tomb owner and his wife with a procession of dancing girls, and also, offering bearers. It is executed in fine, low raised relief and depicts the kilt and right hand of the tomb owner. He holds a folded cloth in his hand. The panther skin overlaying his kilt is indicated by a paw and tail. The name of his daughter, “Hepetek”, is written in hieroglyphs behind his hand. The accession card says: “Portion of wall of offering chamber with a row of dancing girls and other scenes. Finest type of low relief. Khnumnefer and Nedju, chapel of [GLYPHS] Khnumnefer, N wall”.

Provenance

From Giza, tomb G 2175, Khnumnefer and Nedju, chapel of Khnumnefer, north wall. 1912: Excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of Egypt.
Accession Date: April 28, 2005.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition