Relief of a boy leading a calf (or gazelle) from tomb of Nekhebu

Old Kingdom, Dynasty 6
2323–2150 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Giza, Tomb G 2382


Legacy dimension: .745 W. x .79 height

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The Ancient World



This fragment of low raised relief depicts portions of two registers. The top register shows a man standing in front of a calf (or gazelle?). The man has a short beard and wears a trapazoidal kilt. His left arm is crossed on his chest and his right arm rests on the forehead of the calf. In front of the man is a vertical row of hieroglyphs giving his titles ‘hem ka priest’ and words ‘beloved of his lord’ neb mer.ef. Below the kilt is the cartouche of Unas and ‘ni’ in hieroglyphs spelling his name Ni-unas. Above the calf are two and partial third hieroglyph spelling ‘imy’. The calf is adorned with a collar with a bow. The lower register has a man leading a long horned cow and with a a line of horizontal hieroglyphs above the cow giving the name of the cattle, reading ‘ren en iwa’.


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.

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Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition