Relief of Nekhebu on facade facing ceremonial dance and men carrying chests

Egyptian
Old Kingdom, Dynasty 6
2323–2291 B.C.


Findspot: Giza, Egypt

Dimensions

Overall: 23 x 18.2 x 22 cm (9 1/16 x 7 3/16 x 8 11/16 in.)

Accession Number

13.5936.2

Medium or Technique

Limestone

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Architectural elements, Relief

This fragment in very low, raised relief depicts the neck, upper chest and broad collar, and the left shoulder of Nekhebu facing right. There is a diagonal sash(?) or part of a garment, extending from the left shoulder across the chest. A small portion of the head and wig is present. The details of the face are very worn. There are traces of red pigment on the skin and traces of black on several different areas of the surface.
Overall 13.5936 is a scene of the seated Nekhebu on the facade, facing right, looking at a procession of offering bearers consisting of men carrying chests and ceremonial dancers. He wears a broad collar and bracelet, diagonal sash of the lector priest and trapzoidal kilt. He holds a long staff and handkerchief.

Provenance

From Giza. Found on shelves marked "G2381/G 2382 Nekhebu." From tomb of Nekhebu 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