Relief of carrying chair scene from the tomb of Nekhebu

Old Kingdom, Dynasty 6
2323–2150 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Giza, found on shelf labeled "Nekhebu G 2381/2"


Overall: 24.4 x 9 x 29.5 cm (9 5/8 x 3 9/16 x 11 5/8 in.)

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The Ancient World



This fragment depicts in raised relief portions of two dogs facing left. The torso and front legs of one dog, and the rear leg of the dog in front of it. There are hieroglyphs above the back of the dog. This fragment joins 13.5380.5.
A card was found with the fragment that says “2 joining blocks with female dog from carrying chair scene”.
Overall this scene consists of Nekhebu seated in a carrying chair carried on poles by at least twelve men. Two men in front carry sun shades and other men carry the poles that hold up the canopy over the carrying chair. There are five registers of figures that make up this procession. Inoteworthy are the dwarfs with dogs.


From Giza, on shelf labeled "Nekhebu G2381/2". 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, originally from G 2381. Excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Egypt.
(Accession date: April 28, 2005)

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Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition