Relief from the tomb of Nekhebu; wine pressing scene

Old Kingdom, Dynasty 6, reign of Teti
2323–2291 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Giza, G 2381/2382


Overall: 64.5 cm (25 3/8 in.) Other: 38 x 22 x 27 cm (14 15/16 x 8 11/16 x 10 5/8 in.)

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Not On View


The Ancient World



This fragment in very low raised relief depicts a decoration of vines leaning to the left, a forked support holding up the vines, an outstretched hand picking fruit, another hand resting on top of another piece of fruit [?]. There is an incised horizontal border line at the top of the fragment. It joins with 13.4347.3.

13.4347 is a scene of the vineyards, the harvest of grapes, and the processing of grapes into wine.


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