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

Old Kingdom, Dynasty 6
2323–2150 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Giza, Tomb of Nekhebu G 2382


Overall: 22 x 31.2 x 18.3 cm (8 11/16 x 12 5/16 x 7 3/16 in.)

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Not On View


The Ancient World



This fragment of low raised relief contains a portion of the ceremonial dance scene. It consists of a the top half of a man facing left, standing next to a shrine topped container which holds a small statue of a man and two vessels. On top of the taller vessel is draped a bunch of greens, onions(?). There are traces of black and 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.


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)

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Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition