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: 45.2 x 44.5 x 14.9 cm (17 13/16 x 17 1/2 x 5 7/8 in.)

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The Ancient World



This fragment in raised relief depicts the arms, torso, kilt and upper legs of a male figure. He is wearing a broad collar, a bracelet and a trapezoidal kilt. His left arm is bent and held across his chest and his right arm is hanging straight down, and ends just below the elbow. There are traces of red pigment. There is a raised vertical border line to the right of the figure that is 4 cm wide.


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