Relief fragment from the tomb of Nekhebu

Old Kingdom, Dynasty 6
2323–2291 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Giza, G 2381/2382


Other: 19.8 x 22 x 17.8 cm (7 13/16 x 8 11/16 x 7 in.)

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Not On View


The Ancient World



This fragment in extremely low raised relief depicts a male figure from shoulders to knees facing left, grasping an object in each hand (a plant?). In front of him there is a vertical band with traces of red pigment. There are also traces of red pigment on his body. This is part of the scene “Procession of Female Offering Bearers with Baskets,” MFA 13.5938. It fits above and joins 13.5938.4.


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