Relief from the tomb of Nekhebu; architrave over doorway and facades
Old Kingdom, Dynasty 6
Findspot: Giza, Egypt
Overall: 35 x 50 x 17 cm (13 3/4 x 19 11/16 x 6 11/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
This fragment depicts sections of both horizontal registers. Above the border in sunk relief are two partial vertical hieroglyphs ‘netcher ia’. Below the border in slightly raised relief are two vertical registers of partial hieroglyphs, one of three partial hieroglyphs ‘maa’ and two partial hieroglyphs of the title ‘khery hebet’.
This architrave is preserved in two fragmentary horizontal registers of hieroglyphs separated by a decorative border bordered by two horizontal green bands. In some area there are squares of color in the border of alternating blue, green and black. The hieroglyphs above the border are larger in scale and in sunk relief. Those below the border are smaller in scale and in slightly raised relief, there is almost no depth to the relief. The architrave extends over the doorway and the facades of the ship procession scene and the scene of the ceremonial dance with men carrying chests.
From Giza. Found on shelves marked "G2381/G 2382 Nekhebu." From tomb of Nekhebu G 2382 [(originally thought to be a tomb, but now known to be a jumbled deposit of limestone blocks from other nearby tombs)], court, originally from G 2381. Excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Egypt.
(Accession date: April 28, 2005)
Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition