Relief fragment from the serdab of Sabu-Ibeby

Old Kingdom, Dynasty 6
2323–2150 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Giza, Tomb G 2382, court


Other: 45.5 x 54 x 9 cm (17 15/16 x 21 1/4 x 3 9/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



This is the larger of two joining limestone blocks. Both pieces contain three registers. Each register has 3 standing male figures for a total of 6 partial and 3 complete figures. The top and bottom registers are incomplete, the middle register is complete. The middle register contains 3 complete standing male figures facing right in a striding pose and are separated into panels by two horizontal lines and three vertical lines which contain inscriptions.


From Giza, tomb G 2382 [(originally thought to be a tomb, but now known to be a jumbled deposit of limestone blocks from other nearby tombs)], court. 1912-13: excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of Egypt.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition