Relief fragment from queen's pyramid chapel

Old Kingdom, Dynasty 4
2625–2500 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Giza, Street G 7000, N of G 7131


Overall: 6 x 7.2 x 0.7 cm (2 3/8 x 2 13/16 x 1/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



This fragment of raised relief consists of the head, chest, and upper arms of a male figure. The forearm, hand, and oar handle of another male figure overlaps the first figure’s chest. There are traces of black paint on the hair and red paint on the bodies and oar handle. The back of the head of a male figure is of the right edge of the fragment.
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, N of G 7131. November, 1924: excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; 1927: assigned to the MFA by the government of Egypt.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition