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: 20 x 45.5 x 22 cm (7 7/8 x 17 15/16 x 8 11/16 in.) Other (Decorated): 36 cm (14 3/16 in.)

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The Ancient World



This object is composed of two joined fragments and is executed in low raised relief. It depicts part of the mid-section of three or four vertical registers of hieroglyphs. The second register from the left has one partial hieroglyph. The third register from the left has two partial hieroglyphs. The lower fragment has traces of black pigment in the background and red pigment on the hieroglyph. The top fragment has very faint traces of red and black pigment.


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