Relief fragment from the tomb of Nekhebu

Old Kingdom, Dynasty 6
2323–2291 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Giza, G 2381/2382


Overall: 22 x 9 x 22.5 cm (8 11/16 x 3 9/16 x 8 7/8 in.) Decorated surface: 13 x 9 x 22.5 cm (5 1/8 x 3 9/16 x 8 7/8 in.)

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The Ancient World



This fragment is decorated with raised relief and depicts a piece of furniture comprised of parallel horizontal and vertical lines forming portions of rectangles (?) which may be a chest or offering table. There is part of a curved figure which may be part of a head or a vessel. Some red pigment remains. This is a related fragment to four joining fragments13.5959, 13.5960, 13.5982 and 13.5983.


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