Relief fragment from the tomb of Nekhebu

Old Kingdom, Dynasty 6
2323–2291 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Giza, G 2381/2382


Overall: 44.5 x 32.5 x 20.2 cm (17 1/2 x 12 13/16 x 7 15/16 in.)

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The Ancient World



This fragment in finely detailed raised relief contains portions of two registers of relief. The dividing register line is 0.4 cm wide. Above the horizontal register line is a scene of a pile of offerings including fowl, and joints of meat. The lower register contains a procession of butchers. The head and shoulders of one male figure faces right, and behind him the hand of another figure holding a butcher knife. There are hieroglyphic captions in front of each man.


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