Relief from the tomb of Nekhebu; tomb owner seated before double row of relatives

Old Kingdom, Dynasty 6
2323–2291 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Giza, G 2381/2382


Overall: 39.3 x 99.2 x 18 cm (15 1/2 x 39 1/16 x 7 1/16 in.)

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The Ancient World



This fragment executed in low raised relief depicts the lower portion of Nekhebu facing right; wearing a trapezoidal kilt and holding a staff with his left arm. Depicted in the lower register facing Nekhebu are his son, wife, daughter, and a herdsman holding a tethering rope with his left hand pulling an animal. Above these figures are hieroglyphs. Depicted in the top register are the feet of four other figures facing the tomb owner. There are traces of red pigment. This fragment joins 13.5934.2


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