Relief of Nekhebu on facade seated facing procession of ships

Old Kingdom, Dynasty 6
2323–2291 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Giza, G 2381/2382


Overall: 15.5 x 11 x 8 cm (6 1/8 x 4 5/16 x 3 1/8 in.)

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The Ancient World



This fragment, executed in low raised relief, depicts the hieroglyphs for ‘works’ in Nekhebu’s title “Overseer of all works.” The background is painted dark gray, and the seated male figure has a lot of red-brown pigment. This piece joins 13.5935.8. A .7cm wide vertical register band runs along the left edge.


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.
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Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition