Relief from tomb of Nekhebu; right jamb with Nekhebu standing and facade with procession of ships

Old Kingdom, Dynasty 6
2323–2150 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Giza


Decorated face of door jamb: 45 x 27 x 67 cm (17 11/16 x 10 5/8 x 26 3/8 in.) Overall width of door jamb: 48 cm (18 7/8 in.) Decorated face of facade: 45 x 46 x 44 cm (17 11/16 x 18 1/8 x 17 5/16 in.) Overall width of facade: 67 cm (26 3/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



Two fragments are joined together to form one corner piece. One side depicts in sunk relief a standing Nekhebu facing right wearing a lion skin with partial hieroglyphs citing his titles. There are traces of red pigment. The adjoining side depicts 2 registers of the procession of boats and 2 horizontal registers of hieroglyphs in low raised relief.

13.4349 is composed of both the right jamb of the doorway and a section of the right facade. On the jamb executed in sunk relief is a figure of Nekhebu facing right. On the facade in low raised relief is a procession of ships. There are traces of pigment. Reconstructed in 1935. This is the companion piece to 13.4348.


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.
(Accession Date: Apr-28-2005)

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Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition