Relief from a wall of the offering chamber of Khnumnefer and Nedju

Old Kingdom, Dynasty 5
2500–2350 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Giza, G 2175, Khnumnefer and Nedju


Overall: 193 x 260 x 40cm (76 x 102 3/8 x 15 3/4in.) Other: 43 x 61 x 15 cm (16 15/16 x 24 x 5 7/8 in.)

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The Ancient World



This block is part of the scene of the tomb owner and his wife with a procession of dancing girls, and also, offering bearers. It is executed in fine, low raised relief and depicts the kilt and right hand of the tomb owner. He holds a folded cloth in his hand. The panther skin overlaying his kilt is indicated by a paw and tail. The name of his daughter, “Hepetek”, is written in hieroglyphs behind his hand. The accession card says: “Portion of wall of offering chamber with a row of dancing girls and other scenes. Finest type of low relief. Khnumnefer and Nedju, chapel of [GLYPHS] Khnumnefer, N wall”.


From Giza, tomb G 2175, Khnumnefer and Nedju, chapel of Khnumnefer, north wall. 1912: Excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of Egypt.
Accession Date: April 28, 2005.

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Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition