Relief from the tomb of Nekhebu; architrave over doorway and facades

Egyptian
Old Kingdom, Dynasty 6
2323–2291 B.C.


Findspot: Giza, Egypt

Dimensions

Other: 19.5 x 20.2 x 19 cm (7 11/16 x 7 15/16 x 7 1/2 in.) Overall: 27.8 x 27 cm (10 15/16 x 10 5/8 in.)

Accession Number

13.5831.12

Medium or Technique

Limestone

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Architectural elements, Relief

This fragment in slightly raised relief depicts two partial hieroglyphs, forming the verb ‘maa’. This text is written vertically and continues down into the scene 13.5935. It has vertical border lines on the right and left edges. The hieroglyph of the eye contains traces of red pigment.

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.

Provenance

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)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition