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: 63 x 93.5 x 29.5 cm (24 13/16 x 36 13/16 x 11 5/8 in.)

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The Ancient World



This fragment, executed in very low, raised relief, is characterized by fine, incised lines with almost no depth to the low relief. It depicts Nekhebu facing right seated on a backless stool, his stiff trapazoidal kilt stands out at an angle. The figure is nearly complete, only the top of the head and feet are missing. He holds a staff in his left hand and folded cloth in his right. Before him there is a vertical band of hieroglyphs on the right edge with parts of his name and title. He faces the procession of offering bearers bringing oxen, and other animals. This fagment may join 13.4346.2.

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