Relief of carrying chair scene from the tomb of Nekhebu

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


Findspot: Egypt, Giza, found on shelf labeled "Nekhebu G 2381/2"

Dimensions

Overall: 8 x 31 x 19 cm (3 1/8 x 12 3/16 x 7 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

13.5830.33

Medium or Technique

Limestone

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Relief

This fragment in low, raised relief, depicts a portion of the top of the canopy over the carrying chair. There is an arched top line with three incised, horizontal bands intersected by two groups of two incised, vertical bands. This joins the right side of .8 and is positioned above .6.

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, on shelf labeled "Nekhebu G2381/2". 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, originally from G 2381. 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