Relief of carrying chair scene from the tomb of Nekhebu

Old Kingdom, Dynasty 6
2323–2291 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Giza, Tomb of Nekhebu G 2381 G 2382


Overall: 12 x 44.5 x 19 cm (4 3/4 x 17 1/2 x 7 1/2 in.) Worked surface: 12 x 35 cm (4 3/4 x 13 3/4 in.)

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The Ancient World



This fragment is executed in raised relief and contains two horizontal registers of hieroglyphs. The upper register contains 4 partial hieroglyphs and the lower register contains 1complete hieroglyph and 4 partial hieroglyphs. There are traces of reddish-brown pigment on the circular hieroglyph. Illegible numbers are written in black on the bottom.
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. Found on shelves marked "G2381/G 2382 Nekhebu." From tomb of Nekhebu 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