Relief of carrying chair scene from the tomb of Nekhebu

Old Kingdom, Dynasty 6
2323–2150 B.C.

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


Overall: 46 x 56.5 x 18.5 cm (18 1/8 x 22 1/4 x 7 5/16 in.)

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Not On View


The Ancient World



This fragment in low, raised relief icontains two registers. The top register depicts the waist down of a naked male figure wearing a tied sash or kilt, facing left, and part of the pole that is held in front of him. The lower register includes one complete and two incomplete, male figures facing left. The left, complete figure is carrying something draped over his arm, and the other two, partial male figures are carrying supporting poles for a sun shade for Nekhebu. Nekhebu’s right hand (two fingers) is grasping the end of a short, cylindrical staff or baton. There are three complete and two partial hieroglyphs. The surface is deteriorated and blotched.

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." Note that G2382 was originally thought to be a tomb, but now known to be a jumbled deposit of limestone blocks from other nearby tombs. 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