Relief fragment from queen's pyramid chapel

Old Kingdom, Dynasty 4
2625–2500 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Giza, St. G 7000 debris E of subs. pyramid G I-b


Overall: 5.6 x 11.2 x 2.3 cm (2 3/16 x 4 7/16 x 7/8 in.)

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Not On View


The Ancient World



This fragment of low raised relief depicts the water below the boat with the lower part of one oar blade in it. The water is bordered at the top and bottom with a horizontal line. The water itself is indicated by thick zig zag black lines on blue ground. It is joins to 27.1126.12.
Overall this scene depicts a boat manned by several fragmentary rowers. Ther are also two standing men at the stern operating steering oars and one man standing on the prow directing the rowers.


From Giza, Street G 7000, debris E of subsidiary pyramid G I-b. November, 1924: excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; 1927: assigned to the MFA by the government of Egypt.

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Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition