Relief fragment from the tomb of Nekhebu

Old Kingdom, Dynasty 6
2323–2150 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Giza, Tomb of Nekhebu G 2382


Other: 41 x 20.8 x 10 cm (16 1/8 x 8 3/16 x 3 15/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



This fragment of torus molding has one finished surface with fine incised banding on the rounded surface. There are hieroglyphs located below the torus molding in crisp sunk relief, containing the title “Overseer of Works.” Traces of red pigment are present over the entire surface. Traces of blue-green pigment appear in the hieroglyphs. This fragment possibly joins with Eg.Inv.12041=13.5874.


From Giza, on shelf labeled "Nekhebu G2381/2". 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, 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)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition