Relief from tomb of Mehu female offering bearers and butchering scene

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


Findspot: Egypt, Giza, reused in building chamber intrusive pit G 2423Y

Dimensions

Overall: 13.5 x 93.3 x 12.5 cm (5 5/16 x 36 3/4 x 4 15/16 in.)

Accession Number

37.2761.3

Medium or Technique

Limestone

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Relief

This rectangular slab, executed in fine, raised relief depicts the heads of 3 female offering bearers on the left, offering tables in the center, and offering registers on the right. It joins 37.2761.1, .4, and .5.

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, reused in building chamber of intrusive pit G 2423Y, 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