Relief from tomb of Nekhebu; left jamb of Nekhebu standing and facade of ceremonial dance

Old Kingdom, Dynasty 6
2323–2150 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Giza


Overall: 36.5 x 27 x 49 cm (14 3/8 x 10 5/8 x 19 5/16 in.)

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Not On View


The Ancient World



This is a corner block contains images of both scenes. It is the third block down in the scene of the ceremonial dancers. This portion in low raised relief contains two registers. The top register contains two pairs of legs of the dancers, the back legs of two dancers and the front legs of the two dancers behind them. In the register below there are the heads and arms of two men carrying a chest. Above their heads is a horizontal row of hieroglyphs facing right beginning with the words ‘i hm di n’. On the adjoining face, belonging to the other scene, are the arms and torso of the standing figure of Nekhebu. Hi titles are written in a vertiacl column in front of him in sunk relief, ‘the royal sole companion’.

13.4348 is composed of both the left jamb of the doorway and a section of the left facade. On the jamb executed in sunk relief is a figure of Nekhebu facing left. On the facade in low raised relief is a ceremonial dance in the top register proceeding to the left and in the lower register men in a procession are carrying chests and proceeding to the right. There are traces of pigment. Reconstructed in 1935. This is the companion piece to 13.4349.


From Giza, tomb G 2382 [(originally thought to be a tomb, but now known to be a jumbled deposit of limestone blocks from other nearby tombs)], court. 1912-13: excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of Egypt, Dec. 4, 1913.
(Accession Date: Apr-28-2005)

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Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition