Relief of Rudj

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


Findspot: Egypt, Giza, SE G 2360 debris, angle betw G 2361,2362 / X

Dimensions

Overall: 55.3 x 97.3 x 20.3 cm (21 3/4 x 38 5/16 x 8 in.)

Accession Number

13.4334a

Medium or Technique

Limestone

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Relief

This inscribed block of Rudj is executed in sunk relief. It depicts three, standing figures of Rudj, facing right. Above the figures in large scale hieroglyphs are several of his titles, including “overseer of all works of the king” (imy-r kat nt nswt). There are also four, vertical columns of hieroglyphs one behind the first figure on the right, one behind the second figure, and two columns behind the third figure. Each column of text gives his name and titles. The block is missing a piece from the upper right corner. There are no traces of pigment. This fragment joins with 13.4334c to form a corner.

Overall 13.4334a-g forms an exterior corner from the tomb of Rudj.
It is composed of three, large fitting fragments:
1.- 3.=13.4334a,b,c
and four smaller fragments:
4)13.4334d =35-8-76a
5)13.4334e =35-9-7b
6)13.4334f =35-9-7c
7)13.4334g =35-8-76b

Note that 13.4334e and 13.4334f join 13.4334g (35-8-76b). Also part of this scene are 35-8-75a,b and 35-8-76,c, but these are non-joining fragments. This exterior corner has two faces. On one face, 13.4334a, there are three, standing images of Rudj, facing right. Each figure is separated by a vertical column of text with his name and titles. The adjacent face contains an offering formula to Osiris, Lord of Busiris, with a list of offerings and name and titles of Rudj. Along the bottom of the block facing right are small images of his family members. From right to left are his daughter Meret, four male figures, sons(?), his sister, and other male and female figures whose names are mostly illegible.

Provenance

From Giza, SE of G2360, in debris in angle between G2361 - 2362 / X. 1913. Excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of Egypt. Accession date June 27, 2005.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition