Relief of carrying chair scene from the tomb of Nekhebu

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


Findspot: Egypt, Giza, Tomb of Nekhebu G 2381 G 2382

Dimensions

Other: 9.9 x 27 x 18.8 cm (3 7/8 x 10 5/8 x 7 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

13.5830.3

Medium or Technique

Limestone

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Relief

This fragment contains two horizontal registers. The bottom register has portions of the faces of two male figures with wig, eyes, and eyebrows in raised relief facing left. The background of this register is painted reddish-brown.
Overall this scene consists of Nekhebu seated in a carrying chair carried on poles by at least twelve men. Two men in front carry sun shades and other men carry the poles that hold up the canopy over the carrying chair. There are five registers of figures that make up this procession. Noteworthy are the dwarfs with dogs.

Provenance

From Giza. Found on shelves marked "G2381/G 2382 Nekhebu." Note that G2382 was originally thought to be a tomb, but now known to be a jumbled deposit of limestone blocks from other nearby tombs. Excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Egypt.
(Accession date: April 28, 2005)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition