Relief fragment from the tomb of Nekhebu

Old Kingdom, Dynasty 6
2323–2291 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Giza, G 2381/2382


Overall: 19 x 14 x 21 cm (7 1/2 x 5 1/2 x 8 1/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



This fragment, executed in low sunken relief, has 2 parallel slightly curved linesnear one broken edge. The majority of the decorated surface is covered in black pigment with traces of pink showing through ending just short of the first incised line. There appears to be nkish-tan pigment between and in the incised lines as well as possible black markings. There is also a spot of red pigment. Compare to 13.5964.


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