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: 15.5 x 14.2 x 5.5 cm (6 1/8 x 5 9/16 x 2 3/16 in.)

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The Ancient World



This fragment executed in low raised relief depicts portions of three vertical columns of hieroglyphs. The left most column contains one complete and one fragmentary hieroglyph, the middle column contains two complete and two fragmentary hieroglyphs, and the right most column has no discernable hieroglyphs. The surface has deteriorated making it difficult to discern most of the hieroglyphs. One hieroglyph has traces of red 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