Relief of carrying chair scene from the tomb of Nekhebu

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


Findspot: Giza, Egypt

Dimensions

Overall: 14 x 20 x 44 cm (5 1/2 x 7 7/8 x 17 5/16 in.)

Accession Number

13.5830.15

Medium or Technique

Limestone

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Architectural elements, Relief

This fragment in low raised relief depicts portions of the legs of two pairs of men. The front and back legs of two striding men on the left. On the right are the two front legs of two more striding men. There are three hieroglyphs spelling ‘seneb’ and other partial signs between the two pairs of legs. There are traces of red pigment on the legs. This fragment joins 13.5830.22 and 13.5830.24.
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