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

Overall: 20.6 x 10.3 x 14 cm (8 1/8 x 4 1/16 x 5 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

13.5830.13

Medium or Technique

Limestone

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Relief

This fragment in low raised relief depicts part of the upper arm, bent elbow, and part of the forearm of Nekhebu. There is no join, it is the scale and pose that are the chief reasons for adding it to this scene.
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