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


Overall: 21 x 29.4 x 17.5 cm (8 1/4 x 11 9/16 x 6 7/8 in.)

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The Ancient World



This fragment, executed in low raised relief, depicts a man’s open hand reaching forward. From the position, and from parallel scenes, we know he is resting it on the back of an ox, just above the tail. Above the back of the ox is written ‘rn n iwa’, giving the name of the cattle. The right edge of this fragment joins 13.4346.4 and is just above and joins 13.4346.8.
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