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: 17.5 x 16 x 22.7 cm (6 7/8 x 6 5/16 x 8 15/16 in.) Worked surface: 16.5 x 10.7 cm (6 1/2 x 4 3/16 in.)

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The Ancient World



This fragment in low raised relief depicts the body and upper legs of a female dog and the head of the dog behind it. There are hieroglyphs above the dogs. In a register above the dogs there are the lower legs of another dog, also attached by the same tether held by the dwarf. This fragment joins 13.5830.4.

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. Noteworthy 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