Relief fragment from the tomb of Nekhebu

Old Kingdom, Dynasty 6
2323–2291 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Giza, G 2381/2382


Other: 22.5 x 13.5 x 16.5 cm (8 7/8 x 5 5/16 x 6 1/2 in.)

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Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



This fragment is in very low, raised relief. The decoration is indicated by incised lines. There is almost no depth to the relief. The relief depicts one rhyzome and part of a flower of a water lily and two vertical lines on the extreme right. There are traces of red paint. It may be an adjacent fragment of 13.4350J and may be related to the 13.5834 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)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition