Relief from tomb of Mehu, female offering bearers and butchering scene

Old Kingdom, late Dynasty 5
2431–2323 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Giza, Reused in building chamb intrusive pit G 2423 X


Overall: 24 x 55.8 x 12.7 cm (9 7/16 x 21 15/16 x 5 in.)

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The Ancient World



This rectangular slab executed in low, raised relief, depicts a portion of the midleg of a large scale figure seated on a chair. There are hieroglyphs to the right and left of the figure. On the left are the signs for ‘a thousand linen, a thousand alabaster…’. This joins 37.2761.3 and .4.

Overall 37.2761 contains two registers. The top register (.1-.5) depicts seven female offering bearers and piles of offerings before the legs of a seated figure at an offering table. The lower register (.6) contains five men butchering two oxen.


From Giza, reused in building chamber of intrusive Pit G 2423X, Tomb of Mehu. 1937: Excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of Egypt.

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Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition