Relief fragment from the tomb of Nekhebu

Old Kingdom, Dynasty 6
2323–2150 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Giza, Found with objects from Nekhebu, G 2381/2


Overall: 4 x 22 x 6.7 cm (1 9/16 x 8 11/16 x 2 5/8 in.) Other: 4 x 18 x 6.7 cm (1 9/16 x 7 1/16 x 2 5/8 in.)

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Not On View


The Ancient World



This fragment has one finished surface with a thin plaster coating. There is a portion of a hieroglyph(?) in sunk relief which may be part of a bird(?). There are traces of red and brownish-black pigment on the face.


From Giza, on shelf labeled "Nekhebu G2381/2". Nekhebu, G 2382 [(originally thought to be a tomb, but now known to be a jumbled deposit of limestone blocks from other nearby tombs)], court, originally from G 2381. Excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Egypt.
(Accession date: April 28, 2005)

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Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition