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

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


Findspot: Giza, Egypt

Dimensions

193 x 260 x 40 cm (76 x 102 3/8 x 15 3/4 in.) Other (individual block): unable to access for measurements

Accession Number

12.1512.7

Medium or Technique

Limestone

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Architectural elements, 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 five dancing girls and a portion of a sixth. All have their right arms extended straight in front of them, and the left hands on their left hips. They wear cross straps on their chest and have pleated kilts tied at the back. 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