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: 13.2 x 42.8 x 12.5 cm (5 3/16 x 16 7/8 x 4 15/16 in.)

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The Ancient World



This rectangular slab, executed in fine, raised relief depicts the heads of 4 female offering bearers facing right. Hieroglyphs in raised relief. It joins 37.2761.2 and .3.
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