Relief fragment from the tomb of Nekhebu

Old Kingdom, Dynasty 6
2323–2291 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Giza, G 2381/2382


Overall: 70 x 35 x 14 cm (27 9/16 x 13 3/4 x 5 1/2 in.)

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The Ancient World



Fragment of low raised relief depicting the lower portion of a man facing right. He carries a tall narrow jar on a long strap in one hand and and leads an animal (oxen) by a tether in the other. The animal is only indicated by the decorative collar the rest of the animal is not on this fragment. His kilt is hiked up so that his genitals are showing. He stands on a single border line and another border line is incised the full length of the decoration on the far right side of the 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