Relief from the tomb of Nekhebu; wine pressing scene

Old Kingdom, Dynasty 6, reign of Teti
2323–2291 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Giza, G 2381/2382


Overall: 84.5 x 116 x 9.5 cm (33 1/4 x 45 11/16 x 3 3/4 in.) Other: 45 x 116 x 9.5 cm (17 11/16 x 45 11/16 x 3 3/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



This fragment in very low, raised relief depicts a scene of wine making. On the left are two men carrying baskets of grapes facing right. In the center a man, pours grapes into a trough. On the right are four men standing crushing the grapes with their feet. Their right arms are grasping the waist of the man standing in front of them. Their left arms are raised holding onto an arbor that is supported by three forked poles. Above and below this register are fragments of the adjoining registers. In all, this scene is composed of nine joined fragments. This joins with 13.4347.1, 13.4347.2, and 13.4347.4.

13.4347 is a scene of the vineyards, the harvest of grapes, and the processing of grapes into wine.


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: Apr-28-2005)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition