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: 16 x 16 x 7.5 cm (6 5/16 x 6 5/16 x 2 15/16 in.)

Accession Number

13.5936.9

Medium or Technique

Limestone

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Architectural elements, Relief

This fragment executed in low raised relief depicts three vertical hieroglyphs part of the title ‘overseer of works’. The top is the tail of the owl, ‘m’, followed by the ‘r’ and below it the ‘ka’ arms. There is yellow pigment in the ‘m’ and a thick red pigment on the other two signs. The background is dark gray to black. The tail of the owl joins the head of the owl on the left side of 13.5936.6.
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