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: 7.5 x 13 x 23.5 cm (2 15/16 x 5 1/8 x 9 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

13.4348.11

Medium or Technique

Limestone

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Architectural elements, Relief

This fragment of low raised relief depicts the far left edge of the ceremonial dance scene. It contains a man with a diagonal sash standing before a shrine topped container holding two tall hes shaped vessels draped with lilies. There are traces of black pigment, especially on the vertical borders on the left hand side, and traces of red pigment on the figure on the right side.

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