Relief fragment of Nakhti

Old Kingdom

Findspot: Egypt, Giza, Tomb of Nakhti, debris N of Pyramid I-a


Overall: 29 x 32 x 12 cm (11 7/16 x 12 5/8 x 4 3/4 in.)

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Africa and Oceania, The Ancient World



This fragment executed in fine low raised relief, depicts the head, shoulders, and a portion of the upper torso of the tomb owner Nakhti, facing right, seated before a table of offerings. Above him are three vertical columns of hieroglyphs that give his name and titles. He has a shoulder-length, curled wig that is swept back. He is wearing the panther skin garment and broad collar, and his bent left arm with bracelet is holding a handkerchief. The left hand of his wife rests on his left shoulder above the claws of his garment. There are three partial offering loaves on the table. Above the loaves are three kneeling figures, each holding an offering vessel. Above each of the figures is the number four in hieroglyphs. Each figure is the determinative of a specific offering. There are traces of reddish-brown pigment on the skin and black pigment on the hair.


From Giza, tomb of Nakhti, debris north of Pyramid I-a. 1924: excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of Egypt.

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Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition