Relief fragment from the tomb of Nekhebu

Old Kingdom, Dynasty 6
2323–2291 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Giza, G 2381/2382


Other: 12.5 x 9 x 23.3 cm (4 15/16 x 3 9/16 x 9 3/16 in.)

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Not On View


The Ancient World



This fragment in very low relief depicts the bottom back portion of a male figure facing left. It includes the back of the kilt and thigh and lower left arm and hand. The hand and lower arm are behind the figure. The hand is turned with thumb away from the body. The arm and hand have traces of red paint.


From Giza. Found on shelves marked "G2381/G 2382 Nekhebu." From tomb of 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)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition