Relief from tomb of Mehu, female offering bearers and butchering scene

Egyptian
Old Kingdom, late Dynasty 5
2431–2323 B.C.


Findspot: Giza, Egypt

Dimensions

Overall: 56.1 x 95.3 x 11.3 cm (22 1/16 x 37 1/2 x 4 7/16 in.)

Accession Number

37.2761.6

Medium or Technique

Limestone

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Architectural elements, Relief

This rectangular slab, executed in fine, raised relief, includes two horizontal registers. The top register depicts the lower half of seven female offering bearers bringing offerings, including two bringing small calves on tethers. The bottom register includes five male figures who are butchering cattle. Hieroglyphs above the butchering scene describe the actions and name the animals. There is substantial reddish-brown and black pigment. This block joins .2 and .4.

Overall 37.2761 contains two registers. The top register (.1-.5) depicts seven female offering bearers and piles of offerings before the legs of a seated figure at an offering table. The lower register (.6) contains five men butchering two oxen.

Provenance

From Giza, Pit G from G 2392 G [probably originally from G 2423 tomb of Mehu]. 1937: Excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of Egypt.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition