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: 17.5 x 34 x 21 cm (6 7/8 x 13 3/8 x 8 1/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



This fragment, executed in low, raised relief, depicts the head of a nude male figure facing left and portions of two stacked circular objects behind him underneath a painted horizontal border containing traces of pigment. It joins
13.5942.1 and 13.5942.2 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