Relief of procession of estates from the tomb of Ankhaf

Egyptian
Old Kingdom, Dynasty 4, reign of Khufu to Khafra
2551–2494 B.C.


Findspot: Giza, Egypt

Dimensions

Height: 88.5 cm (34 13/16 in.);Other: 46 x 28 x 23 cm

Accession Number

34.1468e

Medium or Technique

Limestone

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Architectural elements, Relief

This fragment in finely-detailed, raised relief depicts an upper register with the right foot and lower leg of a striding offering bearer, facing left, a city sign, and the two heels of a female figure facing left. The bottom register depicts the back half of an offering bearer, facing left, from the waist up, with a basket on his head. Behind him is the right arm of fragment of another figure facing left. In between the figures are the hieroglyphs ‘s and n’. This fragment joins 34.1468d.
Overall 34.1468a-f is a group of six fragments of the finest low relief. They all belong to a very fragmentary scene of a procession of figures from estates bearing offerings. Below this register is a projecting ledge of stone. On the face of this projection is written a wide horizontal band of hieroglyphs giving the name and titles of Ankhaf. There are traces of color.

Provenance

From Giza, tomb G 7510 Ankhaf. 1925:excavated by the Harvard University–Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of Egypt.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition