Block from the tomb of Nekhebu

Old Kingdom, Dynasty 6
2350–2170 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Giza, Nekhebu G 2382


Overall: 46 cm (18 1/8 in.) Framed (Aluminium angle wall frame): 48.3 x 70.5 x 24.1 cm (19 x 27 3/4 x 9 1/2 in.)

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Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World


Wall painting

One painted block from the tomb of Nekhebu. Figures in red, yellow, and black, with titles in black. These are not just figures of the deceased, but are rather statues of him. They alternate between red-painted, slender statues standing with staff in hand, and wigless, plump (a sign of maturity and success) statues in long kilts.


From Giza, 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. 1913: Excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; 1913: assigned to the MFA by the government of Egypt.
(Accession Date: June 22, 2005)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition