Relief fragment from tomb

Old Kingdom, Dynasty 6
2323–2291 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Giza, Street G 7000


Overall: 37 x 62.3 x 13.7 cm (14 9/16 x 24 1/2 x 5 3/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



This fragment of tomb relief is comprised of two pieces joined together. It is executed in fine, raised relief, and depicts the back half of a striding cow, walking left, and followed by a male figure from arm pit down. The right arm rests on the cow’s rump, and his left arm is raised behind him and is leading a goat, only the front half of which is included. Below the horizontal ground line are what appears to be fragments of hieroglyphs, including the top of a bird.


From Giza, Street G7000. 1912: 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