Block from tomb of Nekhebu

Old Kingdom, Dynasty 6
2350–2170 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Giza, Nekhebu G 2382


Overall: 46 x 44.5 x 16.5 cm (18 1/8 x 17 1/2 x 6 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Limestone and pigment

Not On View


The Ancient World


Wall painting

This fragmentary painted block from a tomb wall is badly abraded and has a blackened surface. There are supposed to be traces of fragmentary hieroglyphs (line drawing by Ed Brovarski), but these are no longer visible. There is a rectangular object on the bottom half of the finished surface that is red.


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