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: 4.2 x 5.5 x 1 cm (1 5/8 x 2 3/16 x 3/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



This fragment of raised relief consists of two parallel horizontal bands on the lower portion of the fragment depicting part of the hull and top edge of a boat. Above these bands are the lower hips and waistband of a seated rower. There are traces of yellow paint on the hull, black paint on the boat rim, and red paint on the figure.
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