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: 15 x 6.3 x 6.3 cm (5 7/8 x 2 1/2 x 2 1/2 in.)

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Not On View


The Ancient World



This fragment of raised relief depicts two male figures standing in a boat facing right. The two men are controlling the steering oars. The legs and lower part of the kilt of the left figure and the calf and ankle of the figure in front of him are indicated. Two horizontal parallel incised lines form the top edge of the boat and a third line forms the bottom of the boat. Portions of both steering oars’ handles are visible. There are traces of red pigment on the figures’ legs.
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