Relief fragment from the tomb of Nekhebu

Old Kingdom, Dynasty 6
2323–2291 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Giza, Tomb of Nekhebu G 2381 G 2382


Overall: 52.1 x 11.6 x 34.5 cm (20 1/2 x 4 9/16 x 13 9/16 in.)

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The Ancient World



This fragment in sunk relief bears a vertical column of hieroglyphs. There is a vertical incised border line to the left of the hieroglyphs and part of another vertical incised border line to the right. There are traces of black and red pigment, some of the red pigment is possibly modern. The face to the right of the worked face has possibly been reused as a gameboard, as there are roughly incised lines in a checkerboard pattern.


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.
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Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition