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: 9.9 x 10.3 x 14 cm (3 7/8 x 4 1/16 x 5 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

13.4348.7

Medium or Technique

Limestone

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Architectural elements, Relief

This small fragment of low raised relief contains a portion of the ceremonial dance scene. There are two registers the top has two pairs of legs of dancers and below in the men carrying chest scene is the hieroglyph ‘mn’. There are traces of black and red pigment. The fragment has two drill holes in it.

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