Relief fragment from the tomb of Nekhebu

Old Kingdom, Dynasty 6
2323–2291 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Giza, G 2381/2382


Other: 31.6 x 17.8 x 30.6 cm (12 7/16 x 7 x 12 1/16 in.)

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The Ancient World



This fragment in low, raised relief depicts two registers. The top consists of the legs and part of the torso of a male figure facing right, holding a kherep scepter in the left hand and a long staff in the right. His feet stand on a register line, and below this is the top of a second register containing the top of a staff and the continuation of the edge of the vertical borderline framing the text. The column of vertical hieroglyphs in front of the figure consist of an ‘m’ and two ‘per’ signs at the top of the column, followed by a cartouche of Meryre, and mery ankh ptah. This is the same text and pose as found in 13.4335.


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