Relief fragment from the tomb of Nekhebu

Old Kingdom, Dynasty 6
2323–2291 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Giza, G 2381/2382


Overall: 26 x 39 x 41 cm (10 1/4 x 15 3/8 x 16 1/8 in.)

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The Ancient World



This rectangular fragment, executed in raised relief, includes two vertical columns of text separated by two vertical borderlines. The hieroglyphs on the left include the title ‘hereditary prince and lector priest’ and the right is the cartouche of Meryre. There are traces of dark gray pigment. It joins 13.5994.2 and 13.5994.3.


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)

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Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition