Relief from tomb of Qar, Genet cat in marshes

Old Kingdom, Dynasty 6, reign of Pepi I or later
2338–2170 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Giza, G 7101, Qar, [chapel], perhaps from stair B, N


Overall: 20 x 33 x 11 cm (7 7/8 x 13 x 4 5/16 in.) Other: 11.3 x 14.7 x 4 cm (4 7/16 x 5 13/16 x 1 9/16 in.)

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The Ancient World



Fragment of low raised relief showing a Genet cat in the papyrus marshes seizing one bird by its neck while two others sit in their nest. The background is a series of vertical papyrus stems. An unworked fragment of limestone cut from the back of the block, to make the block flatter for mounting.


From Giza, G 7101, Qar, [chapel], perhaps from stair B, N(orth). 1925: excavated by the Harvard University-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