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



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Not On View


The Ancient World



This fragment consists of 3 pieces joined together, decorated in low raised relief. They depict portions of 3 registers of the procession of boats; only the middle register has its full height. The top register depicts much of the bottom portion of a boat, including the heads of 9 rowers. The middle register contains almost an entire boat, including a man with a steering oar, a man with the tiller, and 7 oarsmen. The bottom register just has fragments of the top of a boat.

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