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: Giza, Egypt

Dimensions

Overall: 29.8 x 33 x 18.1 cm (11 3/4 x 13 x 7 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

13.4348.6

Medium or Technique

Limestone

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Architectural elements, Relief

This is a fragment in low raised relief, in two registers, of the ceremonial dancers and men carrying chests. It is composed of four blocks joined together. It depicts in the top register the lower half of two pairs of men holding hands and striding forward. In the register below the there are a pair of men, heads only, facing right and above their heads the hieroglyphs that spell ‘mnkhb.’ There are scant traces of red 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