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: 37.4 x 67.4 x 22.3 cm (14 3/4 x 26 9/16 x 8 3/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



This fragment executed in low raised relief depicts the head and shoulders of Nekhebu facing right; he holds a staff with his left hand. There is a vertical register of hieroglyphs in front of him and a horizontal register of hieroglyphs above this head, which gives his titles. There are traces of red and black pigment. This fragment joins 13.5934.1.


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)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition