Relief of Nekhebu on facade facing ceremonial dance and men carrying chests

Old Kingdom, Dynasty 6
2323–2291 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Giza, G 2381/2382


Overall: 7.5 x 11.5 x 23 cm (2 15/16 x 4 1/2 x 9 1/16 in.) Other: greatest width 21 cm (8 1/4 in.)

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The Ancient World



This fragment is executed in low, raised relief and depicts three partial hieroglyphs part of the word ‘imakhw’.There are traces of red and black pigment.It joins 13.5936.4 and 13.5936.7.
Overall 13.5936 is a scene of the seated Nekhebu on the facade, facing right, looking at a procession of offering bearers consisting of men carrying chests and ceremonial dancers.He wears a broad collar and bracelet, diagonal sash of the lector priest and trapzoidal kilt.He holds a long staff and handkerchief.


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