Doorjamb from the tomb of Mehu

Old Kingdom, late Dynasty 5
2431–2323 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Giza, Tomb G 2423 (tomb of Mehu), chapel


Overall: 166.4 x 58 x 22.2 cm, 533 kg (65 1/2 x 22 13/16 x 8 3/4 in., 1175 lb.) Framed (3"x2" Steel tubular frame-bottom rest plate/ sec. angles): 185.3 x 59.7 x 29.2 cm (72 15/16 x 23 1/2 x 11 1/2 in.)

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The Ancient World



Once part of a doorway in the tomb chapel of Mehu, this jamb is composed of three fragments. It shows the tomb owner standing with his wife and facing left. A portion of an inscription listing the couple’s titles remains.


From Giza, tomb G 2423 (tomb of Mehu), chapel. 1937: 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.
(Accession Date: January 1, 1937)

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Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition