Relief fragment from the tomb of Nekhebu

Old Kingdom, Dynasty 6
2323–2150 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Giza, G 2381/2382


Overall: 12 x 32 x 28 cm (4 3/4 x 12 5/8 x 11 in.) Decorated surface: 12 x 22 x 28 cm (4 3/4 x 8 11/16 x 11 in.)

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Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



This fragment has two finished surfaces that join to form a beveled or rounded corner. In sunk relief there are one complete, one partial hieroglyph and a vertical incised line on the right side of the fragment. There are traces of reddish-brown pigment. See Related.


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)

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Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition