Relief fragment from the tomb of Nekhebu; nude male at work

Old Kingdom, Dynasty 6
2323–2291 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Giza, G 2381/2382


Overall: 24 x 17 x 20.5 cm (9 7/16 x 6 11/16 x 8 1/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



This fragment, executed in low, raised relief, depicts two and a portion of a third stacked, circular objects with a horizontal border painted in white (?) above them and traces of pigment still visible. It joins 13.5942.1 and 13.5942.3 and most likely 13.5943.


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