Relief from tomb of Nekhebu; left jamb of Nekhebu standing and facade of ceremonial dance

Egyptian
Old Kingdom, Dynasty 6
2323–2150 B.C.


Findspot: Egypt, Giza

Dimensions

Scene side: 22 x 27.5 x 17.4 cm (8 11/16 x 10 13/16 x 6 7/8 in.) Figure side: 22 x 17.4 x 27.5 cm (8 11/16 x 6 7/8 x 10 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

13.4348.2

Medium or Technique

Limestone

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Relief

This is a corner block containing images of both scenes. It is the upper right corner of the ceremonial dancers. This portion in low raised relief contains the back of the head of one dancer and the head and chest area of two dancers behind them. One dancer carries two staffs or spears(?). Nekhebu’s name is written above their heads. There are traces of red, black, and white pigment. On the adjoining face belonging to the other scene, the title of Nekhebu ‘overseer of work’ is written in hieroglyphs in sunk relief. There are traces of red, black, and white pigment.

13.4348 is composed of both the left jamb of the doorway and a section of the left facade. On the jamb executed in sunk relief is a figure of Nekhebu facing left. On the facade in low raised relief is a ceremonial dance in the top register proceeding to the left and in the lower register men in a procession are carrying chests and proceeding to the right. There are traces of pigment. Reconstructed in 1935. This is the companion piece to 13.4349.

Provenance

From Giza, tomb G 2382 [(originally thought to be a tomb, but now known to be a jumbled deposit of limestone blocks from other nearby tombs)], court. 1912-13: excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of Egypt, Dec. 4, 1913.
(Accession Date: Apr-28-2005)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition