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: 84.5 x 84.5 x 6 cm (33 1/4 x 33 1/4 x 2 3/8 in.) Other: 44.5 x 84.5 x 6 cm (17 1/2 x 33 1/4 x 2 3/8 in.)

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Not On View


The Ancient World



The fragment in very low raised relief has decoration in two horizontal registers. The top register depicts five male figures engaged in wringing out the last of the juice from the stomped grapes into a vat. To the right of this group a man pours the liquid into a jar that will be sealed. Above the man pouring are portions of three vessels. The tops of these vessels are on the adjoining block 13.4347.3. In the lower register on the right, a priest is depicted and identified in the hieroglyphs in front of him as ‘Khery Hebet priest, his son…’ Two pairs of male figures follow behind him facing right. There is a horizontal register of hieroglyphs above and to the left of these men. Below the hieroglyphs is the top portion of a large vat. 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: Apr-28-2005)

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Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition