Relief of carrying chair scene from the tomb of Nekhebu

Old Kingdom

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


Overall: 13.5 x 17.5 x 3.5 cm (5 5/16 x 6 7/8 x 1 3/8 in.)

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Africa and Oceania, The Ancient World



This fragment executed in shallow raised relief depicts two male torsos facing left, wearing kilts with belts. They are carrying the pole supporting the carrying chair. Behind them to the right are another pair of arms carrying the pole. Two hieroglyphs,’ n kh’ appear on right below arms.

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, 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.
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Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition