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: 10.9 x 13.3 x 4.2 cm (4 5/16 x 5 1/4 x 1 5/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



This fragment of raised relief depicts parts of two seated male rowers. The figure on the left consists of the head, torso, arms, and upper kilt. The figure on the right consists of part of the neck, arm, and upper torso. The left hand holding the upper portion of an oar handle of a third rower is on the left 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