Relief fragment from the tomb of Nekhebu; tomb owner receiving procession of offering bearers with cattle

Old Kingdom, Dynasty 6
2323–2291 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Giza, Tomb of Nekhebu G 2381 G 2382

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Out on Loan

On display at Nagoya/Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Japan, February 18, 2018 – July 1, 2018


The Ancient World



This fragment executed in low raised relief is the first block in the bottom register in front of Nekhebu. It depicts two standing figures bringing an oxen towards Nekhebu. Below them are two more figures, one carrying two jars or bags with handles slung on a pole held by his right hand and a bouquet of flowers in his left hand. The man behind him is leading an oxen. At the bottom of this register is the head of Nekhebu’s brother, Pepymerankhptah. His name and title is written above his head in two horizontal rows of hieroglyphs.
The overall scene 13.4346 is executed in low raised relief. It depicts Nekhebu seated facing right towards three registers of offering bearers, facing left, bringing cattle, gazelle, etc. In the bottom register, in front of the offering bearers, is the head of Nekhebu’s brother Pepymerankhptah.


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)

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Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition