Relief fragment from the tomb of Nekhebu

Old Kingdom, Dynasty 6
2323–2291 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Giza, G 2381/2382


Overall: 13 x 35.8 x 8.5 cm (5 1/8 x 14 1/8 x 3 3/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



This fragment in low raised relief depicts a portion of a papyrus boat. There are six segments of a boat, five of which have remnants of brown paint. Under the boat on the right side is the head of an alligator facing left and on the left a swimming catfish (?) This maybe related to 13.5834 march scene.


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)

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Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition